At Westchester Veterinary Center, we believe that routine wellness care is the key to keeping your dog healthy through every stage of life. Whether it’s your puppy’s first exam or your senior dog’s first visit with us, we will conduct a thorough evaluation of your pet’s health.
During your pet’s wellness exam, we will provide specialized treatment for your dog based on factors such as age, medical history, and current health. From there we can develop a preventive treatment plan specifically for your dog to suit their needs. Read on to learn about each of the 5 Stages of Preventive Medicine and how it can benefit your companion.
Vaccinations are a vital part in maintaining your dog’s health. The right vaccinations will prevent your dog from contracting highly contagious diseases that are easily spread between dogs. When creating a custom vaccination plan, we always consider his or her lifestyle. Our veterinarians will review factors such as whether your dog primarily spends time indoors or outdoors, if he or she will be boarding in the near future, or if he or she is in direct contact with other dogs at the dog park or groomer.
At each exam, we will review your dog’s nutrition history to make sure they have not gained or lost a significant amount of weight, since this could indicate an underlying health issue. We will discuss your dog’s eating habits to make sure they are getting the right amount of vitamins and nutrients. We will also review your pet’s play and exercise routine to ensure that your dog is getting an adequate amount of physical activity.
Each year we will perform a fecal examination to ensure that your pet is free of parasites to protect your pet and your loved ones. We can provide recommendations and offer safe, effective preventive treatments for diseases like heartworm and ticks and fleas.
Our veterinarians will discuss the importance of dental care for your dog. In addition to regular professional dental cleanings, we recommend consistent at-home care to keep your dog's teeth and gums healthy. During the dental evaluation, we will inspect your dog’s teeth and gums for tartar, plaque, tooth decay, infections, and signs of tooth weakness.
Behavioral issues can be frustrating, but together we can find the solutions that are best for your dog. We will sit down with you for a professional consultation to rule out any possible underlying medical conditions and find the cause of your pet’s behavioral issues.