At NOVA Pets Health Center, we believe that preventive pet care is the key to a long, healthy and happy life. Routine wellness exams are part of our Preventative Care/ Wellness Plans. Our plans also include the administration of core vaccinations, diagnostic tests and even dental care. Our preventative care/ wellness plans are designed to provide a compressive and affordable solution to ensure your pet’s optimal health.
The purpose of a pet’s wellness examination is similar to that of a human’s routine check-up or physical exam- it is meant to assess your pet’s overall health in order to ensure long-term wellness. Although your pet may seem healthy, regular routine wellness exams are recommended to enable early detection of potentially harmful conditions while they are still treatable. Many health conditions have no initial symptoms, however, they can be diagnosed and treated during a routine wellness exam.
The frequency of pet wellness exams depends on the pet’s age. For example, it is recommended that puppies or kittens between 0-1 years of age, have three annual wellness, while it is advised that senior pets (ages 7 +) be examined semi-annually.
During your pet’s wellness exam, our veterinarian will examine your pet’s general appearance, listen to their chest with a stethoscope, administer any necessary vaccinations, and examine certain areas of their body to ensure no abnormalities are present.
Specifically, Our Veterinarian Will Evaluate Your Pet’s:
– Stance/ posture
– Body weight – to ensure they are neither too fat nor too thin
– Coat and skin – to check for abnormal hair loss, dandruff, excessive dryness, oiliness, severe shedding, lumps or bumps, etc.
– Eyes – looking for evidence of redness, excessive tearing or discharge, abnormal growths on the eyelids, etc.
– Ears – to ensure no abnormalities are present
– Nose – to assess how well they breathe and ensure there is no abnormal discharge
– Mouth and teeth – looking for evidence of tartar build-up, excessive salivation, staining around the lips, ulcers in or around the mouth, periodontal disease, broken teeth, etc.
Remember, prevention and early detection are key to a long, healthy, and happy life for your pet. Learn more about our Preventative Care/Wellness Plans and schedule an appointment your pet’s next wellness exam or call NOVA Pets Health Center at (703) 378-9791.
*Pick-up and/or drop-off only.
Nearly one-third (33%) of all adults in the United States are obese and unfortunately this same number now applies to our pets. Obesity leads to several diseases in pets, the most common weight-related disorders include: Type II diabetes, heart disease and arthritis. A proper diet and weight management are the vital to ensuring that your pet lives as long and healthy a life as possible.
Obesity is defined as weighing 30% more than the ideal weight and is the accumulation of excess energy stored as fat. It occurs when your pet receives more calories than he or she needs. Most overweight or obese pets are less active and do not play as much as normal dogs. These pets may be reluctant to climb stairs or jump into cars and often pant excessively after very minor exertion. Hypothyroidism is another cause of obesity and weight problems. Overweight pets should be tested for hypothyroidism before beginning any weight loss program.
Encourage brisk, thirty-minute walks twice per-day. Discontinue feeding table foods and treats. Instead, offer carrots, broccoli or veterinary-approved low-calorie treats.
Most pets can lose weight if you adhere to these recommendations. Weight loss in pets and humans is made up of an interaction between reduced caloric intake (eating less) and increasing caloric expenditures (more physical activity). The great news is that weight reduction is about 60% diet and 40% exercise. Weight loss is often a matter of diligence and persistence. Remember that the reason you are doing this is to help your pet live as long and healthy a life as possible. Who knows, you both may benefit from this diet!
With today’s advancements in nutrition, maintaining a healthy weight has never been easier. Our NOVA Pets Health Center veterinarian will design a safe, effective and personalized weight loss program to meet your dog’s unique needs.
The chart below identifies the 5 categories and characteristics used to assess your pet’s weight:
Easily felt with no fat covering
Easily felt with no fat covering
Easily felt with slight (1/2″) fat cover
Difficult to feel with moderate (>1/2″) fat cover
Difficult to feel under thick fat cover
Bones protrude with no tissue between the skin and bone
Bones are raised with little tissue between the skin and bone
Smooth but bones can be felt under a thin layer of fat
Some thickening or widening but bones can be felt under a moderate layer of fat
Thickened and difficult to feel under a thick layer of fat
Severe abdominal tuck or “drawn” appearance
No abdominal tuck or waist
Fat hangs down from the abdomen and there is no waist
Exaggerated hourglass shape
Significant hourglass shape
Well-proportioned waist is present
Back is slightly broadened
Behavioral issues are one of the most common issues causing pet owners to give up their pets. There are many external factors that can cause pets to display unacceptable behavior such as medical conditions or lifestyle changes. However, these issues can be corrected if they are tended to early and properly. AT NOVA Pets Health Center, our veterinary team and help you identify the root of your pet’s behavior problems and recommend an appropriate plan of action to correct the issue.
The treatment recommended to treat behavioral issues in pets will vary depending on the situation and circumstances. If the underlying issue not a medical one, treatment may involve intervention from a certified and trained professional who will evaluate your pet’s living environment and conditions. Their evaluation will determine how they will work with you and other members of your household to foster an approach to positively and effectively change your pet’s behavior. Depending on the situation, our veterinarian may also prescribe medications to work in conjunction with the trainer.
To learn more about our wellness counseling services, contact NOVA Pets Health Center at (703) 378-9791 or schedule an appointment for a consultation.
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