Preventive Health Care
At Risius Family Veterinary Service, we strongly believe in the importance of preventive health care. Most conditions are much easier to prevent than to treat. Early detection allows us to intervene when treatments are often more simple, less invasive, more effective, as well as cost effective. Pets age much faster than we do so regular check-ups are key to catching problems early and addressing them right away. At Risius Family Veterinary Service it is our goal to educate and involve our clients in a lifetime health care plan for their special pets.
No two pets are alike, so we perform a risk assessment and develop a customized health plan for each pet. At your pet’s annual wellness exam, we will collect a medical history from you and then the doctor will perform a “head to tail” physical exam. We will also take the time to address any specific health concerns that you may have about your pet.
What We Will Ask You About:
- Your pet’s diet and water consumption – this provides us with valuable information about potential risks for diseases including obesity, pancreatitis, ingestion of toxins, and disorders of the gastrointestinal tract.
- Your pet’s bathroom habits – we need to know if your pet has any changes in his or her urination or bowel movements. Also, we’ll ask you to bring in a fresh stool sample so that we can check for intestinal parasites.
- Your pet’s home environment and travel – this helps us understand what potential risks your pet may be exposed to so that we can recommend a vaccination and preventive medicine schedule to keep your pet protected. Some of these risks for dogs and cats include heartworm disease from mosquitoes, infections and anemia caused by fleas, ear mites and parasites (both internal and external) from other animals. Dogs may also be at risk for contagious cough from other dogs, Lyme disease from ticks, Leptospirosis from other dogs as just a few examples.
- Medical and prescription history – this especially important if we haven’t seen your pet for its whole life or if you didn’t adopt it as a puppy or kitten. Please let our technicians and doctors know about any concerns about abnormal health or behavior issues that you’ve noticed with your pet. We will also ask about any current medications, vitamins, or supplements that your pet is taking.
- Preventive medications – what medications are you using to prevent heart worm disease, intestinal parasites, fleas, and ticks. We will also ask when you last gave them and if you need any refills while you are in for your pet’s health check.
What The Vet Will Look At During The Exam:
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The doctor will combine your history and the exam findings, with your pet’s age, breed, and lifestyle. From all of this information we will assess your pet’s risk of potential disease and develop a preventive health care and vaccination plan that is best for your pet.
This Plan May Include:
- Age and lifestyle appropriate vaccinations
- Fecal and heartworm testing for dogs
- FeLV/FIV/HW testing for at-risk cats
- Age appropriate screening tests such as a complete blood panel and urinalysis
- Nutrition counseling
- Heartworm, flea, tick, and intestinal parasite prevention