Wellness Exams for Pets in Westfield and Union, NJ
At Westfield Veterinary Group, we aim to give you as many good years as possible with your pet through consistent wellness care. When you bring your pet in for regular veterinary visits, we’re able to assess their ever-changing health, monitor any developing conditions, and make adjustments to their preventive care as needed. Our pet wellness care visits are tailored to your pet’s age, breed, and lifestyle so that no exam looks exactly the same.
What to Expect at a Pet Wellness Visit
The key to effective pet wellness care is annual or semiannual veterinary visits. At our animal hospitals in Westfield and Union, we perform comprehensive wellness exams to catch any developing conditions before they get worse. Depending on your pet’s specific needs, their wellness visit may include any or all of the following:
- Nose-to-tail physical exam
- Weight check and body condition score
- Vaccinations, if due for boosters
- Fecal exam (to check for intestinal parasites)
- Parasite prevention prescription
- Nutritional counseling
- Age-appropriate blood work
- Other diagnostics as needed
Tailoring Care to Your Pet’s Life-Stage
Your dog or cat has different health care requirements at each stage of life. That’s why Westfield Veterinary Group has developed preventive wellness programs tailored for puppies and kittens, adult pets, and senior pets.
Puppies and Kittens Exams
Like infants, puppies and kittens require a series of monthly health exams and lab work during their first 6 months of life. Our comprehensive pediatric visits include a physical exam to ensure proper development, parasitic disease screening and treatment, and vaccinations. If appropriate, we’ll begin year-round preventive medication for fleas, ticks, and heartworm parasites. At 6 months of age, we recommend spaying or neutering as well as microchipping your pet.
Adult Pet Exams (Ages 1-6)
For adult dogs and cats, we recommend a yearly wellness visit consisting of a comprehensive physical exam, dental health evaluation, vaccinations, intestinal parasite evaluation, and screening for exposure to common tick diseases, heartworm disease, intestinal parasites, and others.
Senior Care (Pets Age 7 and Older)
Older pets can develop illnesses such as kidney disease, diabetes, cancer, and arthritis. The key to managing these conditions effectively is early detection and treatment. Because animals have a unique ability to hide disease and pain, we recommend that you bring in your senior pet for a physical exam at least twice a year. We also perform blood and urine tests to catch diseases in their earliest stages, allowing your pet to enjoy the longest and healthiest life possible.