Wellness Exams for Dogs and Cats in Hingham, MA
You want to do all the right things for your pet so they can enjoy the best quality of life. At Old Derby Animal Hospital in Hingham, MA, we go beyond the standard to deliver treatment tailored to your pet’s needs. Pet wellness care doesn’t stop at the first exam—it’s an ongoing commitment to keeping your best friend healthy for as long as possible with the help of yearly wellness exams for dogs and cats, vaccinations, disease and parasite screens, and teeth cleaning.
How Regular Checkups Reduce the Risk of Disease
Dogs and cats don’t stay young for long, as much as we might wish it. Their accelerated aging makes it easier for health changes to fly under the radar until they have become more serious, and harder to treat. Our animal hospital recommends yearly checkups in order to keep up with these changes and, ideally, prevent the onset of disease.
During a typical wellness visit, we:
- Perform a thorough, nose-to-tail exam of your pet which includes checking their vitals
- Discuss their daily life—from what they eat, to how much, to how regularly they exercise and do their business
- Answer any and all questions you have; we’re here to help and educate you about every aspect of your pet’s health
- Recommend the appropriate core and lifestyle-based vaccines
- Check a blood and (fresh) fecal sample from your pet for parasites and signs of disease
Why Pets Need Year-Round Parasite Protection
Parasites, especially ticks, are a major problem in our area. Furthermore, the risks of an infestation don’t disappear at the first frost. For the most complete protection, every dog and cat should be given their parasite preventatives on a routine basis for all 12 months of the year.
The problem is that fleas, ticks, and heartworms don’t just infest—they can also damage your pet’s health. Ticks may carry bacteria that cause Lyme disease and Ehrlichiosis. Mosquitoes can transmit heartworm disease, a potentially fatal condition in which heartworms living inside your pet block blood flow to and from the heart. While treatment for heartworm exists for dogs, there is no existing treatment for cats, and the treatment currently available for dogs is extremely costly.