Wellness Exams and Preventive Care for Dogs and Cats in Charlotte, NC
Helping your pet stay healthy while also limiting the lifetime cost of their care is achievable with wellness exams, which we recommend annually for every dog and cat. In addition to the exam, your pet should also receive their prescribed vaccinations, lab tests, fecal checks, and parasite preventatives to maintain their health. At Steele Creek Animal Hospital, our primary goal is to create a wellness plan that meets their every need at every stage of life.
Understanding Your Pet’s Overall Health with Wellness Exams
A thorough physical examination of your pet will show us whether your pet is in the best of health, or whether they need treatment for a developing issue. During the exam, we take time to:
- Listen to your pet’s heart and lungs
- Check their teeth and oral cavity
- Look into your pet’s ears
- Evaluate your pet’s vision
- Palpate the lymph nodes, abdomen, and skin
- Palpate the joints and muscles
Keeping Your Pet Healthy
In addition to the nose-to-tail exam, we also recommend fecal exams and blood testing to check your furry family member for parasites, infections, and other conditions. These are very important parts of the wellness exam and should be performed on a routine basis. As well as checking for underlying disease these screenings can serve as a baseline should your pet become ill between regular examinations.
Vaccines can protect dogs and cats against most infectious diseases, including rabies, canine distemper, parvovirus, Lyme disease, and more. Not every pet will need to be vaccinated at the same frequency or receive the all the same vaccines. We carry a variety of high-quality core and non-core vaccines for dogs and cats, we will guide you as to which vaccines your pet will need and how often they'll need them.
Flea, Tick, and
Flea, Tick, and Heartworm Prevention
Parasites can be persistent. That's why we offer a range of preventative measures to eliminate them from residing with your pet and in your home. It is key to keep your pet on preventatives year-round because fleas, ticks, and various internal parasites can do considerable damage to your pet's health. We strongly recommend preventatives for every pet, and will help you choose the product best suited to your pet and home environment.
With millions of dogs and cats going missing every year, it's more important than ever to have your pet microchipped. In addition to a collar and tags, microchips serve as a permanent form of ID and an additional layer of protection that can help trace your pet directly back to you and your family. We recommend every pet be microchipped. Feel free to ask us about it at your next visit, we are more than happy to share our expertise.
Pet Health Insurance
Pet Health Insurance
Every pet parent should consider pet insurance to help with the cost of their pet's care.
You can pick a plan that insures costs due to accidents (such as injuries caused by motor vehicles), or accidents and illness (including arthritis, cancer, and colitis). Some providers also offer wellness coverage for certain routine care, like annual exams, flea and tick treatments, and vaccinations.
We strongly recommend that you research as many pet insurance companies and policies as you can before you make a decision. You are more than welcome to talk to us if you have any questions.