At Northwoods Veterinary Clinic, we believe “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” We emphasize preventative care, because the best way to treat an illness is to prevent it. Depending on your pet’s needs, we recommend annual or bi-annual wellness exams, combined with vaccinations and parasite control. It’s better if senior pets and ones with special needs come in twice per year. By giving thorough exams, advanced diagnostic testing and discussing your pet’s health with you, we’re able to give only the best pet wellness care for North Charleston and surrounding regions. Call us at (843) 553-0441 to schedule an appointment.
Complete Wellness Examinations
During pet wellness care, we perform a complete nose to tail examination so we make sure your furry friend is healthy. All pets receive a report card during each wellness visit and our check-ups include the following:
- We look at your pet’s teeth and check for tartar build-up.
- We inspect your pet’s body for irregular lumps or growths.
- We weigh your pet and check for any weight gain or loss.
- We check all your pet’s vitals, including their heart rate and temperature.
- We make sure your pet doesn’t have any skin problems or allergies.
- We check for achy joints and ligaments.
- We look for runny nose or eyes.
If we detect any abnormalities, we can either recommend treatment, or schedule diagnostic or laboratory testing. We offer in-house diagnostic services, so should we have reason to think your pet has an underlying condition, we’ll get answers to you right away.
Discussing Your Pet’s Health
During pet wellness care, we encourage you to let us know about any behavioral issues or changes you may have noticed in your companion. Open communication is part of our policy. We can provide several recommendations to address a variety of problems, including parasite control, because it’s critical to your pet’s overall health.
We follow the American Heartworm Society’s guidelines for heartworm and intestinal parasite screening. This means that dogs are tested annually for heartworms and intestinal parasites. Cats that routinely go outdoors are tested annually for intestinal parasites. Be prepared to answer questions about your pet’s habits and be educated about daily care at their next wellness visit. We look forward to speaking with you! At Northwoods, pets are our passion.