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Giving Your Pet the Best Life You Can
with Pet Wellness Care

Your pet is an important member of your family, and naturally, you want them to have the best life they can with you. One of the best ways to ensure their health and happiness is to bring them to the vet for regular pet wellness care. Annual exams at Dyer Animal Clinic give us a chance to evaluate any health changes so we can catch diseases early, which gives us a better shot at treating them faster and more effectively, too.

Why Your Pet Needs Annual Exams

Your pet ages differently than you do. In their first year of life, a dog and a cat will age approximately 15 human years. Each subsequent year is a bit less (about 9 human years in their second year, and 4-5 human years each year after that). With at least 4 years of development to our 1, a lot can change. That's why annual exams are so important. We can catch signs of illness early and address any problems before they become more serious.

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Care That Grows with Your Pet

A kitten or puppy needs different care than an older cat or dog, so we tailor our care to suit them as they grow older. Any pet wellness care exam, no matter the age, includes the basic elements of a comprehensive physical, vaccinations if due for a booster, a fecal exam to check for intestinal parasites, and blood work if needed.

Kittens & Puppies

For kittens and puppies, one priority is getting them on a vaccination schedule that suits their needs. You'll also need to consider spay/neuter surgery, and we'll determine a proper timeline for that. Additionally, we'll perform deworming and talk to you about getting them started on flea, tick, and heartworm prevention. Nutrition at this age is also a crucial part of your new pet's care plan!

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Adult Pets

Adult cats and dogs are generally at their most active and healthiest. Yet, they’ll still need routine vaccinations (typically every 1 or 3 years), as well as fecal tests to check for parasites (yes, even with parasite preventatives!). A thorough physical to check for any abnormalities is also essential for their preventative care. At this stage of life, we may also recommend a dental cleaning to keep their teeth and gums healthy.

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Senior Pets

Illness can develop quickly for seniors, so annual (or semi-annual) exams become even more important. Regular blood work can help us establish a baseline for their health. That way, if any changes do occur, we can recognize it immediately and address the issue. Senior pets also tend to develop age-related problems such as arthritis, sight or hearing loss, as well as changing nutritional needs.

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Nutritional Counseling & Weight Loss Plans

Obesity is a major problem for many pets. As they age, their nutritional needs change. If you notice weight gain, talk to our team! Our expert veterinarians will set your pet on a weight loss plan that includes both dietary changes and exercise.

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Don’t wait – if your pet is due for a wellness exam, call to schedule an appointment today! We look forward to seeing you soon!

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