Wellness Exams

Wellness Exams

The doctors at Mission Animal Clinic will examine your pet from nose to toes!

Just like you, we want your dog or cat to live the longest, healthiest life possible. That starts with the basics: quality food, enough exercise, good grooming, and yes, regular check-ups.

Annual exams are your pet’s first line of defense against potential illnesses. Mission Animal Clinic’s comprehensive annual exams include checking your pet’s overall health by taking their temperature and examining their skin, coat, lungs and cardiac functions, internal health, oral hygiene, eyes, ears, and demeanor.

Vaccinations: Keeping your dog or cat up-to-date on immunizations and booster vaccines are a highly effective way to prevent many common diseases and infections like distemper and rabies. Beyond those core vaccines, your pet’s age, lifestyle, and likely exposure to certain diseases will be evaluated before we recommend additional inoculations.

Dental Care: Imagine what your teeth would be like if you never cleaned them. Well, the same thing is happening to your pet’s teeth without good oral care. We recommend annual dental cleanings and can show you tips for brushing your pet’s teeth, which can reduce the need for expensive extractions and more serious dental work down the line.

Parasite Control: Fleas, ticks, worms—preventing them in the first place is much easier and ultimately less expensive than getting rid of them after they’ve infested your pet, home, and yard. We recommend monitoring your pet and having them screened for intestinal parasites regularly, and we offer a variety of alternatives for flea, tick, and heartworm prevention.

Proper Nutrition: There’s a lot of choices when it comes to what to feed your furry friend. Additionally, there’s also so much confusion about what to feed dogs and cats. Grain-free kibble? Home-cooked meals? Raw food diet? Proper nutrition is so important to your pet’s good health, and we can help you figure out what is best for your pet and your lifestyle.

Behavioral Evaluation: Changes in mood or behavior, lack of grooming, or litterbox problems in cats can often be a symptom of an underlying medical condition. Swiftly addressing these shifts can help to identify and treat the root cause.

Skin and Coat Care: Cats are fastidious by nature, but felines with long, thick coats and those who live indoors still may need regular brushing, grooming, and nail trims. Grooming and washing your dog are fundamental aspects of proper pet hygiene. Proper skin and hair care can prevent things like mange, matting, bacterial infections, and more.

Exercise: Regular workouts support musculoskeletal and cardiovascular health in dogs of all ages, as well as improve their overall mental well-being. Cats are athletic creatures and getting enough exercise–especially if they live indoors–is extremely important in maintaining cardiovascular health and a healthy weight.

Senior Animals: At Mission Animal Clinic, we love elder pets! We also know that preventative care is even more significant for them. Our fur babies are living longer than ever, making them more susceptible to disease and illness as they age. We recommend twice-yearly exams and screenings for senior pets to help prolong and improve the quality of their life.

Wellness Exams Include:

  • Heart and lung evaluation
  • Ear examination
  • Eye examination
  • Dental evaluation
  • Abdominal organ evaluation
  • Musculoskeletal evaluation
  • Coat and kin analysis
  • Weight assessment and nutritional counseling
  • Answering any concerns/questions you might have about your pet

We recommend you take advantage of special pricing for the diagnostics listed below if done at the time of your pet’s annual exam.

Comprehensive Blood Panel: A complete blood chemistry panel including electrolytes provides information about your pet’s liver, kidneys, and pancreas, as well as other functions of the body such as blood sugar and hydration. A complete blood count (CBC) checks for infection and anemia.

Fecal Testing: Important for diagnosing intestinal parasites that can be dangerous to the health of both you and your pet. Some parasites are zoonotic, meaning that they are transmissible to humans.

Urinalysis: Assesses the physical and chemical composition of urine. Abnormal results usually indicate that there is a problem with the kidneys and/or urinary system. However, a urinalysis can also provide clues about problems in other organ systems, or may indicate the presence of a metabolic disease, such as diabetes.

To learn more or schedule an appointment, please give us a call at 913-432-3341.