Wellness Exams for Pets:
Helping Pets Reach
Their Full Potential
At South Loop Animal Hospital, we believe true wellness care means taking a lifestyle approach. Your pet’s wellbeing—and their relationship with you—depends on preventive health measures that keep them healthy for the long-term. Our pet wellness care plans are built on a solid foundation of communication between you, your pet, and your veterinarian. When we better understand their lifestyle, we can provide more comprehensive care informed by our deeper understanding.
Wellness Exams for Pets
Preventive care means annual or semi-annual visits to the vet. Routine wellness exams help enhance your pet’s quality of life as it gives us the opportunity to catch any potential health concerns right away. A routine wellness exam consists of:
Dog and Cat Care as They Age
Every pet deserves individualized care, and their age is a critical indicator of what kind of special attention they’ll need. A pet’s first year and their senior years are the two most vulnerable times for their health and so require more consistent and attentive care.
Puppies and Kittens
Puppy and kitten-hood is the time to build a lasting bond with your new pet. Taking care of their health needs at this young age sets the standard for continued care throughout life. At your first exam, we’ll discuss a good timeline for having them spayed or neutered, a vaccination schedule, parasite prevention, and more. We can also offer advice on nutritional health as well as at home care tips and tricks to keep your tiny new companion safe and happy.
Older cats and dogs have been with us from the beginning, and we owe them a long, comfortable life well into their golden years. Since pets age so much faster than we do, any small health issue can quickly develop into a larger problem. We recommend a semi-annual checkup for your senior pet accompanied by annual bloodwork. We’ll also talk about their diet and a healthy exercise plan.
Our team has older pets of their own, so we know their specific challenges all too well. Beyond regular preventive care and pet exams, we can offer your pet more specialized veterinary care in geriatric issues such as:
- Degenerative disease (arthritis)
- Changes in mobility
- Pain management
- Cognitive dysfunction
- End-of-life support