You don’t need to wait until your pet is sick to schedule an appointment with a veterinarian. Routine wellness visits are an essential part of helping your pet live a long and healthy life. At Minnesota Veterinary Hospital, these visits allow us to monitor your pet’s health, provide essential preventative care, and detect early signs of disease. Here are a few reasons why you should consider scheduling a routine wellness appointment for your pet today! 

Preventative Care – Helping Your Pet Live A Long and Healthy Life 

Preventative care is an essential part of maintaining your pet’s long-term health. Preventative care helps your pet fight disease and includes care such as vaccines, routine dental care, and parasite prevention. Our wellness visits can help you stay on top of your pet’s preventative care needs and help your pet live a long and healthy life. 

During your pet’s wellness visit, they will receive a comprehensive wellness exam. The wellness exam will include an oral exam to evaluate your pet’s dental health. Based on the findings of this exam, your veterinarian may recommend additional care such as a professional dental cleaning to improve your pet’s oral health and prevent dental disease. 

After your pet’s physical exam, we will administer any necessary vaccines. These vaccines help boost your pet’s immune system and provide essential protection against disease. Some vaccines must be administered every year, while others are administered every three years. Our team can help you determine which vaccines are required based on your pet’s lifestyle and vaccine history. 

Another crucial part of your pet’s wellness visit is an annual heartworm test. This simple blood test helps ensure your pet is free of the harmful parasite, and it is safe to continue their monthly heartworm preventative. Heartworm disease can cause significant lung damage, heart failure, and affect your pet’s other organs. Staying on top of your pet’s parasite prevention and routine health screenings are key to keeping your pet parasite-free and maintaining your pet’s long-term health.

How Wellness Visits Help Detect Early Signs of Disease

Routine wellness visits help our veterinarians get to know your pet and monitor any changes to their health. This can include fluctuations in weight, decreased mobility, or abnormal lumps and bumps. These subtle changes can be an early indication of disease or other serious medical problems. When caught early, many of these conditions can be treated and have more favorable outcomes. However, when these symptoms go unnoticed, your pet’s health may continue to deteriorate, and their condition may become more difficult to treat. 

We recommend annual wellness visits for the majority of our patients. As your pet ages, they can become more susceptible to certain medical conditions, and more frequent wellness visits are recommended.

Come See Us! 

Our team at Minnesota Veterinary Hospital is committed to providing your pet with the quality care they deserve. If you would like to schedule a wellness visit, please give us a call at 651-484-3331. We look forward to seeing you soon! 

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