Southern Hills Animal Hospital

3827 Hite Street
Roanoke, VA 24014

(540)343-4155

www.southernhillsanimalhospital.com

Keep Your Pet Healthy With Wellness Exams!

Regular wellness exams allow the veterinarian to evaluate your pet's general health and become aware of any health problems before they become serious illnesses. Since your pet cannot vocalize his feelings, you must rely on regular physical examinations by a veterinarian and your at-home observations to assess your pet's health. Often the emphasis on wellness exams is overshadowed by talk of vaccines. Although vaccines are important, the comprehensive physical exam and the ability to discuss your pets care are the emphasis of  the Southern Hills Veterinarian. We focus our exams on the entire pet including the physical exam, weight and nutritional assessment, behavior and emotional development.  The veterinarian may also suggest diagnostic tests, including blood tests and/or x-rays, to evaluate your pet's internal health. Once the comprehensive evaluation is made, we can better prepare a lifestyle and health plan aimed at providing your pet with everything they need to be Happy and Healthy. Based on your pets lifestyle, we will recommend appropriate vaccinations and preventive healthcare treatments. How frequently you should have your pet vaccinated against certain diseases depends on many factors, so talk to our veterinary team members to understand what is recommended for your pet's unique environment and lifestyle. We have Wellness Vaccine Packages for Adult Dogs and Cats and for Puppies and Kittens!

Wellness Exam Schedule for the Juvenile Stage- Birth to 6 months

Wellness exams should be at least monthly until your pet is 6 months of age to make sure they are developing normally. We will not only do a thorough exam, we will discuss appropriate appropriate behavior and training goals with you to work on at home. We want to make sure that your pet not only gets the appropriate vaccines and preventive health care measures important to protecting them during their first year, but we want to help them develop into the best pets for a lifetime. Potty training, socialization and appropriate behavior are not achieved without an organized plan and consistent positive repetition. We will work with you to give you the tools to make sure your new family member is not only physically healthy but emotionally and mentally cared for as well. 

Wellness Exam Schedule for the Adolescent Stage-6 months to 4 years and Mature Pets -up to 8 years of age

During the adolescent stage, pets are still growing and learning. It is often the time when sports injuries and curiosity make it necessary to visit the veterinarian. However, a yearly wellness exam  separate from an illness or injury visit is also important. Assessing your pet when they are "healthy" is an important investment in their future. We will not only perform a thorough physical exam, evaluate behavior, weight, their individual activity and exercise programs, but we will also evaluate them for inherited/genetically predisposed conditions. We will work with you to make sure we are not overlooking potential health issues.  

Wellness Exam Schedule for the Senior Stage - 8 years and older

The senior stage is a gradual and continual process. We recommend wellness examinations every 6 months by 8-10 years of age. Surveillance for disease and organ dysfunction during our comprehensive wellness exam can allow us to intervene before the changes are permanent or irreversible. Assessment of weight, appetite, thirst, pain, behavior, activity can help detect early symptoms. Thorough historical discussions are also important. Comparing assessments from previous examinations is extremely valuable in determining health and well being. Sometimes a subtle change, a new lump or subtle behavior change can alert our team to serious sub-clinical disease processes. We all know that intervention early will give us our biggest reward in treatment. Additional diagnostics such as blood pressure assessment should be done every senior visit and diagnostic evaluation such as lab work and  imaging  should be evaluated yearly depending on the pet and underlying health issues. We will make recommendations for appropriate nutrition based on your pets lifestyle and internal health. Your pets activity and exercise program will be adjusted based on an evaluation of their nutrition, joint and overall health.  The senior stage can be the longest stage but we should not overlook the importance of these exams just because our pet may not be obvious, let our team help you to ensure your pet has the highest quality, long lasting life. 

Do not underestimate the importance of taking your pet to the veterinarian for regular wellness examinations. These regular examinations will help your pet live a longer and healthier life, so do your part to care for your furry friend!