Here at Eugene Animal Hospital, we understand the importance of preventative health care for your pets. That’s why we use only the safest and most effective preventative methods, which are designed to increase your treatment medications; for example, treatment for parvo can cost up to $1,000 while a parvo vaccination is around $30.
At Eugene Animal Hospital, we also offer a wide variety of disease screening. Our methods for testing your pet for diseases like heartworm, fecal parasites and Lyme disease are comprehensive and effective, as are our treatment methods for these conditions. When it comes to screening for disease, our techniques help us to detect and diagnose illness in its early stages, thus greatly increasing the longevity and quality of life of your furry friends. To further promote the well being of your pet, our friendly experts also provide advice regarding diet, exercise and other topics related to preventative health care.
Unlike other clinics in the area, we here at Eugene Animal Hospital don’t cut corners when it comes to up-to-date and effective screenings, vaccinations and treatment methods. Our customers can rest easy knowing we use the best medications on the market as well as the most modern techniques in the industry.
We spare no effort in order to provide your beloved pets the quality care they deserve. Bring in your pets today for a full physical exam and an in-depth consultation with our veterinary experts. Let the experienced, friendly staff at Eugene Animal Hospital give your four-legged friends the very best! beloved pet’s lifespan by preventing a variety of illnesses and health complications.
When it comes to vaccinations, our up-to-date measures ensure your pet’s health as well as reduce the spread of canine and feline disease. Plus, preventative measures like vaccines are significantly more cost-effective than other veterinary services.
We all understand the importance of regular health checkups; and most pet owners know that checkups for our pets are just as important as they are for us. That’s because regular visits to a veterinarian can help maintain and improve your pet’s health, leading to increased lifespan, improved vitality and better overall quality of life.
Here at Eugene Animal Hospital, we recommend that pets receive a full physical examination at least once year. This is because pets have a shorter lifespan than humans, and their health needs can change considerably in as little as a few months. Regular veterinary visits can help keep your furry friends in the best of health and provide you the peace of mind every responsible pet owner deserves. The trained staff at Eugene Animal Hospital offers comprehensive health care for your pets during all stages of their lives: from puppies and kittens to aging pets.
So many of us depend on our four-legged friends for unconditional love and companionship. In return, our pets deserve the very best when it comes to health care. Let the experienced staff at Eugene Animal Hospital help you give your pets the care they need and deserve. Give us a call today to set up an appointment for your favorite furry companions.
Wellness exams provide your veterinarian with an opportunity to monitor your pets health and screen for heath problems before they become potentially serious problems. Diagnosing and treating health issues in the early stages can often result in less expensive care with a better outcome. Sometimes your veterinarian will recommend diagnostic testing such as blood test and urinalysis to screen for potential problems before they are apparent on a physical exam. This is particularly important in our aged pets as they are more likely to develop problems as they age. The American Animal Hospital Association recommends once yearly exams for healthy pets and once every 6months for older pets. In pets with established health concerns the frequency of exams and lab work should be tailored to their particular needs.
Parts of The Wellness Exam
Temperature, pulse rate and rhythm, respiration rate and pattern, and body weight are all checked.
The ears will be checked for signs of bacterial or yeast infection, allergic reactions, parasites, and the possibility of foreign objects such as grass seeds when indicated. Otitis Externa (external ear infection) is a very common problem in dogs especially. Even something as simple as heavy accumulations of ear wax can impede a pets hearing and be uncomfortable. Ensuring your pets ears are healthy is an important part of the wellness exam.
The eyes should be checked for any abnormalities such as actual wounds or infectious disease as well as signs of systemic disease such as jaundice.
Proper dental care is just as important to our pets as it is to us. During an exam the condition of the teeth, gums, oral cavity, and tongue should be evaluated. Animals with other problems can sometimes present with changes seen during an oral exam such as pale mucous membranes or jaundice.
Checking the heart for sounds associated with abnormal blood flow (murmurs) or abnormalities in rhythm and rate is an important part of the wellness exam. Some puppies and kittens can be born with heart abnormalities and as animals age they can develop heart problems. If we do detect an abnormality in the heart during the exam we have the option of doing a complete echocardiogram using ultrasound to further classify the problem and design an appropriate treatment plan.
Lungs and upper respiratory system
Signs of lung disease can be detected using a stethoscope and by monitoring the respiratory rate and pattern. In some cases radiographs can be taken to help evaluate the lungs. Infectious lung disease, asthma, and bronchitis are some examples of the types of lung issues we sometimes see in our patients. Upper respiratory infections are sometimes seen in patients adopted from pet rescue facilities and shelters where there is often a large population of animals in close proximity. These animals may present coughing or sneezing.
Skin and coat:
Skin problems are very common in dogs and cats. External parasites such as fleas and ticks are quite common in animals not on some form of preventative. Unlike in the past we are fortunate to have many products available to protect are pets from external and internal parasites both safely and effectively. Allergic skin reactions, skin growths or tumors, and bites or scratches (especially in cats), are examples of problems we often see. Checking the skin for signs consistent with systemic disease is an important part of the wellness exam.
Vomiting, diarrhea, and loss of appetite are signs consistent with gastrointestinal problems and can range from mild to serious. These same signs can present with problems associated with liver disease, kidney disease, and other organ dysfunction. During a wellness exam your veterinarian will palpate the abdomen to detect changes in organ size or signs of pain within the abdomen. If abnormalities are noted we may recommend further diagnostics such as blood test, a fecal exam, radiographs, or an abdominal ultrasound.
Bones and joints:
As our pets age it’s not uncommon for them to develop arthritis and decreased mobility. Often clients are the first to notice changes in how well their pet is getting around. The wellness exam offers your veterinarian an opportunity to check for arthritis and other problems associated with the bones and joints and design a treatment plan to assist your pet in remaining as active and free of discomfort as possible. Acute or sudden onset of bone or joint issues is also fairly common and it’s important to distinguish between a chronic problem versus an acute injury which may be treated surgically.