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Wellness Examinations

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As the old saying goes: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. The entire veterinary team at Dodgeville Veterinary Service recommends regular wellness examinations for the same reason your personal physician or dentist does: if a health problem or issue can be detected in its early stages, there is a far greater likelihood it can be resolved and treated with less difficulty, less expense and greater success.

During your pet’s wellness examination, our veterinarians perform a complete physical to assess your pet’s overall health and to give you, the pet owner, an opportunity to discuss any questions or concerns you have. Have you noticed any recent subtle shifts in your pet’s health or behavior? Have you observed any changes in body weight, appetite, water intake, urination and bowel habits, and/or activity level? Changes may be signs of medical problems. Seemingly insignificant lumps and bumps under the skin may be indications of infection or cancer. Ear infections, abscessed teeth and gum disease are common, painful conditions that may not become noticeable until seriously advanced. A comprehensive physical examination helps your veterinarian and you evaluate your pet’s health and make informed decisions about your special companion’s veterinary care.

Good Communication Leads to Good Health

Our commitment begins right when your new companion enters your family. Our goal is to provide you with the finest veterinary care possible so you and your beloved companion can enjoy a long, healthy and happy life together.

Each age and stage of your pet’s life presents different health issues that may require attention and care. Our team of doctors and veterinary staff provide individualized attention and develop a health care plan for your pet that takes into consideration his/her special needs, lifestyle, breed and home life. We also listen to you, the pet owner, and consider your schedule, routine, needs and family life. By understanding the whole picture, we can better tailor your pet’s health care plan to suit his and your lifestyle.

Preventive Health Care

When you bring your pet to Dodgeville Veterinary Service, we work with you to create a lifetime preventive health care plan. This includes a balanced schedule of vaccines (to protect your pet against dangerous, but preventable, diseases), routine dental care (good oral health protects overall systemic health), and microchip identification (should your pet become lost). We also provide internal medicine services, nutritional and behavioral counseling, general and orthopedic surgery, advanced diagnostic testing capabilities and much more.

Our commitment to you and your pet’s health begins with an annual examination specific to your pets needs, and may include the following:

  • Examining your pet’s teeth, throat and oral cavity
  • Checking your pet’s vision and eyes
  • Examining ears for infection, ear mites, allergic reaction and related issues
  • Assessing your pet’s heart and cardiac function
  • Examining the skin
  • Palpating lymph nodes and abdomen
  • Examining the respiratory system
  • Evaluating internal organ function and other systems
  • Monitoring your pet’s blood count and serum chemistry
  • Performing laboratory tests to determine the presence of diseases
  • Assessing changes in your pet’s health since the last wellness visit
  • Fecal check for the presence of intestinal parasites

During each examination, we also listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and keep you up to date on all the information you need to be the best caregiver to your pet. Good communication between you and your pet’s doctor ensures your beloved companion is receiving the optimal care and attention he needs to live a long, healthy life.

Preventive Wellness Plans

Click to learn more about A Lifetime of Canine Wellness or A Lifetime of Feline Wellness.

For more information on preventative health care, please visit Partners for Healthy Pets, or click for more on our Pet Care Rewards Membership.