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Wellness Care for Dogs

Wellness exams are the cornerstone of preventive care and the key to staying ahead of problems that may be developing and staying on top of any chronic health issues your dog may be experiencing. From puppy care to senior dog healthcare, our team of dedicated veterinarians are here to ensure your dog gets the most out of their routine exams.

A wellness exam is a perfect time to discuss your dog’s activity level, diet and nutrition, preventative options, and any irregularities you may have noticed in their demeanor. Your veterinarian will also perform a physical examination on your dog and recommend any necessary lab work such as fecal, urines, or blood tests.

Our team is dedicated to helping your dog feel at ease through trust, patience, and respect during their appointment so that we can perform a thorough examination.

At Animal Care Clinic of Randall Pointe, we put an emphasis on annual wellness exams. These appointments help us keep up with your pet through all stages of their lives, and allows us to create a baseline of health for them. At these appointments, we’ll do a full nose-to-tail exam and make sure our pet is up-to-date on vaccines and parasite preventives.

What to expect:

We know a trip to the vet can be stressful for your pet, but we work hard to make sure you both leave with a smile on your face. We follow all AAHA protocols for pet exams which also include annual blood testing and vaccinations. During the exam, we’ll focus on:

  • Your pet’s eyes, nose, mouth, and teeth
  • A full check of your pet’s skin and coat
  • Check for any issues with your pet’s limbs and joints
  • Create a baseline for heart rate, weight, temperature, and respiratory rate
  • Discuss your pet’s diet and lifestyle
  • Make sure your pet is on a proper exam and vaccine schedule

We provide senior pet wellness, too.

Senior pets are important to us, and of course to our clients. We provide full senior pet physical exams for and go over what to expect as our four-legged friends begin the aging process. We are able to set up a monitoring plan for each animal to aid in early detection of age-related changes or illness. This is a good time for clients to ask questions about senior life for their pet. Senior pets need special care that includes semi-annual exams and diagnostics that will monitor and detect problems early – keeping those golden years golden.

Dog Wellness Q & A

How often would I bring my dog in for a wellness check?

Since our pups age significantly faster than humans do, we want to be able to keep a close watch over their health and changing needs. Therefore, a wellness examination every 6 months is recommended. 

What will my veterinarian look for during a physical exam?

A thorough evaluation from nose to tail is performed to detect any changes or concerns. Our veterinarians will look at your dog’s mouth to identify the level of dental tartar and any areas of gingivitis, growths, or chipped teeth. Eyes are examined for any age-related changes with the lenses, eyelid growths, and general appearance. Ears are assessed for signs of infection. The doctor will listen to your pet’s heart and lungs for any heart murmurs, abnormal rhythms, or wheezing. Palpation of the belly assesses for general comfort, and presence or enlargement of specific organs. Skin is evaluated for rashes, bumps, skin tags, and fleas/flea dirt. Your dog’s gait is evaluated for lameness, pain, or stiffness. A body condition assessment will determine your pet’s ideal weight and any recommendations for diet adjustments or changes with activity can be made.

Is there any additional testing needed beyond a wellness exam? Annual blood testing for heartworm and tick diseases as well as annual fecal testing for intestinal parasites is standard. A wellness blood panel is highly recommended annually to evaluate organ function and monitor any trends or changes. This allows us to personalize care more thoroughly for your pet to keep them happy and healthy for years to come.

Schedule An Appointment For Your Dog Today

Call our Denver office at 303-757-5638 or fill out our online scheduling form, to schedule an appointment for your dog.