Pet Exams for Dogs and Cats in North Haven, CT

Pet exams are extremely important for dogs and cats. During their journey through life, these check ups are essentially mile markers where we assess your pet’s condition and, if needed, offer suggestions to improve their health and quality of life. Regardless of age, dogs and cats should be examined regularly so we can check for disease and maintain their protection against future infection. At Montowese Veterinary Clinic in North Haven, we can help you be proactive with your pet’s care and make their transition from one life stage to the next much smoother.

Pet exams for dogs and cats in North Haven, CT
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How Often Should I Take My Dog or Cat to the Vet?

Ideally, dogs and cats should see their veterinarian once a year for pet exams. Pets that are older and/or living with chronic illness may need to come in more frequently, but for most pets, once a year is sufficient.

Annual checkups benefit pets and their families in several ways:

  • They give us time to get to know your pet (and you), and truly understand their needs
  • We can use these checkups to educate you about your pet’s care and help you make important decisions
  • Your veterinarian will be able to offer better suggestions and solutions to resolve any health issues that arise in your pet
  • Your pet will be healthier overall and well protected against illness, and be better equipped to navigate their senior years

The Core Elements of a Pet Exam in North Haven

Pet exams are critical for setting a baseline of health, but they also do so much more. A typical wellness visit will include:

The Exam

We need to examine your pet from nose to tail to see if anything about their appearance might indicate a potential problem. Additionally, we’ll have to check their heart, lungs, temperature, and weight.

Vaccinations

Dogs and cats should start getting their vaccinations when they’re 6-8 weeks old. We offer vaccines which protect against a variety of serious diseases, and will make sure your pet only gets the ones they really need.

Blood and Fecal Testing

Laboratory testing allows us to go further with your pet’s exam to make sure they’re healthy. We generally recommend testing for heartworm, intestinal worms, tick-borne diseases, and other health problems.

Parasite Prevention

Fleas, ticks, and heartworms can cause a lot of problems for your pet. To save your dog or cat from becoming a host for these pests (and potentially becoming infected with disease), we strongly recommend flea, tick, and heartworm preventatives.

Nutritional Counseling

Healthy pets depend on a balanced, high-quality diet for their nutritional needs. The wrong diet can have a big impact on their development and overall condition. When it comes to selecting the right food, we’re here to help you choose wisely.

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Comprehensive Care for Every Age Group

Whether your pet is a spunky kitten or a silver-muzzled senior canine, our veterinary team can find a wellness plan that suits all their needs. The key to keeping them on the right track is scheduling annual pet exams so we can monitor their health and suggest ways to improve it.

If you have questions or need an appointment, call (203) 562-9896. We’re always happy to answer your questions and provide support to help you give your pet the best life possible.