Adult and Senior Pet Wellness
When it comes to our pets “an ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure.” Generally speaking the longer you delay going to the veterinarian – the more expensive treatment becomes.
At WellPet, our goal is to help prevent diseases and health issues before they become serious problems for your pet. As such, prevention is a major focus of our practice and our staff is skilled at looking for even the subtlest early warning signs of disease during your pet’s routine examinations. In the long run it will save you money.
The Basis of the Adult Wellness Consultation
- History A detailed history helps to elicit all possible information about quality of life, physical health, specific behavioral changes, and medications (e.g., prescription, over-the-counter, dietary supplements).
- Physical Examination The cornerstone to this visit is the physical examination. It is of utmost importance that a complete and thorough examination be performed. Any abnormalities are reviewed and a plan is formulated to correct the abnormalities.
- Nutrition Too little or too much of certain nutrients can be detrimental to a pet’s health. Now is the time to address early obesity issues.
- Lab Work Adult Wellness Exams may require diagnostic lab tests and/or X-rays to establish baselines.
- Disease Prevention Vaccination is indicated as appropriate for lifestyle, management factors, geographic region, and local jurisdiction.
- Parasite Prevention Protocols indicated by the Companion Animal Parasite Council recommend monthly deworming in dogs and cats. We highly recommend monthly deworming for canines and quarterly deworming in cats. Heartworm testing should be performed along with fecal evaluations.
- Behavior Consultation Understanding the importance of a routine and predictable environment, environmental enrichment, companion pets and social interaction. Any concerns should be addressed by completing the Preliminary Behavioral Questionnaire.
- Dental Disease More than 8 out of 10 pets over 4 years old suffer from periodontal disease. A thorough review of home oral care including: brushing, rinses, and chews is provided.
- Grooming Whether a person or animal, good hygiene is paramount to quality of life. Routine brushing and regular grooming appointments may be necessary for many animals.
Senior Pet Wellness Care
At WellPet Humane, we consider animals to be seniors when they are halfway through their life expectancy. On average, dogs over age 7 and cats over age 8 are considered “geriatric” pets. Different breeds have different life expectancies. For example, a miniature poodle wouldn’t be considered a senior until the age of eight, but a St. Bernard is considered a senior at age four. It is crucial to catch any changes in your older pet’s health as early as possible. Early detection allows for early treatment which can significantly improve the quality of your older pet’s life.
Since your pet cannot vocalize his/her feelings, you must rely on regular physical examinations and your in-home observations to optimize your pet’s health. Wellness Exams may require diagnostic lab tests and/or X-rays to establish baselines. We offer senior panels that provide a more detailed picture of your pet’s condition. WellPet Humane will offer these evaluation tools only if your pet’s condition calls for it. As your pet ages, you can count on our expert veterinary staff to provide the quality, customized care he or she needs.
Saying goodbye to a long-time friend is painful. At WellPet, we firmly believe that dying is a natural process. Much can be done medically and through specialized care to ensure your pet continues to live comfortably and enjoys the best possible quality of life in his or her geriatric years.
Ultimately, the decision to euthanize is intensely personal for both the owner and the pet; however, our expert, caring staff is available to work with you and explain all your options so that you can make an informed decision, a decision that is right for you and your pet.