Pet Wellness Exams
At New Haven Pet Hospital we believe annual checkups are the best way to safeguard your pet’s health. Annual wellness exams provide a regular picture of your pet’s health and are keys to detecting medical issues before they become more difficult, and more costly, to treat. Early detection enables early treatment and minimizes the possibility of permanent damage. Early treatment is often less costly and less stressful.
Your Pet’s Wellness Exam
During your pet’s yearly wellness check-up, our veterinarian staff will perform a thorough examination. They will examine your pet’s overall condition including:
- Skin and coat
- Mouth and teeth
- Heart and lungs
We will also perform a blood test to establish baseline health characteristics specific to your pet.
Your pet’s exam will also include a fecal parasite test performed at our onsite laboratory. Common tests include:
This blood test checks for the dirofilaria immitis parasite. If untreated, the parasite may grow up to 14 inches in length in your dog’s heart, which will result in heart disease and death. The Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) and New Haven Pet Hospital recommend yearly heartworm tests and keeping your pet on yearly heartworm preventives.
Fecal testing determines if your pet has intestinal parasites such as roundworms, hookworms, whipworms and coccidia. New Haven Pet Hospital and the CAPC recommend having your pet’s stool checked at least once a year.
Dogs and cats that are infected with toxocara can shed toxocara eggs in their feces. You or your children can become infected by accidentally swallowing dirt that has been contaminated with dog or cat feces that contain infectious toxocara eggs.