Wellness Exams for Pets
Pets are our loyal companions and members of the family, and they deserve to be treated with high-quality, compassionate care. At Northern Pike Veterinary Hospital in Monroeville, we focus on preventative care in the form of wellness pet exams. Why? Because we want your pet to chase Frisbees and yarn balls for as long as possible. Ideally, we recommend that pets have a complete wellness exam at least once a year. Senior pets tend to develop medical issues a little more frequently. Therefore, we typically advise at least bi-annual check-ups for our older patients.
Call our team at 412-373-8580 if your pet is due for a wellness exam!
About the Wellness Pet Exam
Each wellness exam allows us to evaluate your pet with a full nose-to-tail physical exam. This comprehensive exam checks weight and temperature but also allows us to establish a wellness profile. This profile is used as a baseline for future wellness visits.
Some of the conditions we search for during the exam include:
- Ear infections
- Tartar buildup
- Hotspots and other skin conditions
- Body lumps
At our animal hospital, we work to partner with you on your pet’s healthcare. Changes in your pet’s behavior, including eating habits and how often they’re urinating and passing stools, will be most apparent to you. Please feel free to let us know about any concerns you have during pet exams.
Possible Treatment Options
If we find any issues during pet exams, we thoroughly discuss treatment options:
- Laser therapy for skin, joint, and many other concerns
- Acupuncture for a therapeutic healing effect
- The latest medications for infections, chronic arthritis and more
- Prescription diets balance out several different health concerns in time
We also have the option for laboratory testing or digital imaging (X-rays and thermography) for a more advanced evaluation. These diagnostic services are often recommended for geriatric patients to accommodate the changes that come with age.