Regular wellness exams form the foundation of your pet's health. The vets at West Gate Veterinary Hospital focus on preventive measures to keep your pet happy and healthy.

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The Importance of Preventive Care

Regular wellness exams can help your pet live a long and healthy life by catching any health issues early when they are most treatable. 

Combined with regular vaccinations, parasite prevention and proper nutrition, regular pet checkups give your pet the best chance at excellent lifelong health. 

At West Gate Veterinary Hospital, we also offer Wellness Plans, to help you stay on top of the routine preventive care your pet needs to thrive. 

Cat & Dog Wellness Exams, Enterprise

What to Expect During Your Pet's Physical

Your Enterprise vet will give your dog or cat a thorough physical checkup in order to get a complete picture of his or her overall health. Routine wellness exams at our animal clinic include the following elements:

General Condition

Your Enterprise vet will assess your pet's general condition, including their level of alertness, how they stand and walk, and whether or not they are a healthy weight and size for their age and breed. 

Coat & Skin

Your pet's skin condition can be a good indicator of their overall health. Your vet will check your pet's skin and coat for excessive oiliness or dryness, lumps, bumps, dandruff, or abnormal hair loss or shedding.

Face & Head

During your cat or dog's checkup, their eyes, ears, and nose will be examined for any abnormalities or discharge. We will also check the mouth for symptoms of oral health problems such as plaque buildup or periodontal disease. 

Internal Health

Heart rate and rhythm, pulse, and blood pressure are vitally important to your pet's heart health. We'll test these to ensure they're normal. The lungs will then be examined for evidence of abnormal breathing. 

Lymph nodes will be checked for pain or swelling, and we will also examine the abdomen to ensure the intestines, kidneys, bladder, spleen, liver, and stomach all feel normal, and that your pet is not exhibiting any signs of discomfort. 

Review of Findings

At the end of your pet's routine wellness exam, your vet will take the time to discuss their findings and answer any questions you might have. They will also chat with you about your pet's nutritional requirements. 

Checkups for Puppies & Kittens

It is important that kittens and puppies get the medical care they need in the first few months of life in order to get off to a good start. 

We'll give your new family member a complete physical examination, appropriate immunizations, and deworming medication. We will also test for intestinal parasites. You'll be provided with a puppy or kitten 'kit' filled with educational material and samples to help you care for the newest member of your family. 

Please never hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have about caring for your new pet, both at your appointments or following your visits.

At this time we will also give you a schedule of when to return for your pet's required booster shots

Seniors

With veterinary medical advancements, our senior cats and dogs are living longer and healthier lives. 

While this is terrific news for pets and their owners, it means that special attention needs to be given to your pet's routine healthcare as they age. As your pet surpasses middle age, regular examinations become increasingly crucial to ensure their continuing health and longevity. 

In addition to the routine wellness exams we perform for all adult pets, we will give special attention to your senior pet's potential geriatric conditions, such as arthritis or decreased vision.

Additional laboratory tests may be recommended for aging pets to provide more detailed information about your senior pet's overall health and wellbeing.

Vaccinations & Prevention

During your pet's veterinary checkup at our Enterprise animal hospital, the vet will also let you know if your cat or dog is due for any routine vaccinations or parasite preventive measures. 

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