Wellness exams are an important part of keeping your pets happy and healthy. Preventative care is so important for ensuring early detection of disease and preventing future problems. Because pets age faster than humans, we recommend a complete physical examination annually, though checkup exams every 6 months are encouraged.
A veterinary exam is important for evaluating the status of your pet's overall health, as well as spotting potential illnesses or problems. We’re happy to work with you towards your pet’s optimum health and wellness. Block House Creek Animal Hospital is proud to be one of the leading veterinary hospitals for pet wellness exams in Cedar Park, Texas, and we welcome questions about diet, preventive and daily care, exercise habits, and any other questions you may have about your pet’s health and habits.
Administer vaccines, as well as formulate a vaccine schedule for your pet.
Discuss your pet’s behavior, appetite, exercise habits, and regular activities at home and make suggestions on how to optimize these elements for overall health.
Provide nutritional and dietary counseling.
Discuss heartworm, flea, tick and parasite control.
Listen to your pet's heart to detect heart murmurs, arrhythmias and signs of heart disease.
Listen to your pet's lungs to detect infections and diseases and assess the overall pulmonary health of your pet.
Examine your pet's teeth and mouth – Dental disease is the most common disease in pets. A dental examination allows us to determine the level of infection or impaction. Puppies and kittens also need to be checked to ensure their teeth are developing properly.
Evaluate your pet's eyes - Ocular conditions can be prevented by regular care and screenings. We look for dry eyes, cataracts, corneal ulcers and glaucoma.
Check your pet's ears – We check for ear mites, redness, odor or discharge, and other indications of ear infections. Allergies and outdoor activities may be a cause for irritation. Block House Creek Animal Hospital is equipped with the Med-Rx Camera. It is a long thin tube equipped with a lighted video camera on the end that transmits images from the camera to a monitor. It allows veterinarian to “see inside” your pet’s ear canals as well as perform tumor removals, foreign body removals, and extensive deep cleaning/treatment of chronic otitis cases.
Feel the skin, lymph nodes and abdomen – We feel for lumps, bumps, swellings, skin discolorations, lesions or patterns of hair loss or thinning, which may be signs of systemic problems or metabolic diseases.
Feel joints and muscles – By evaluating joint and limb movement, we can detect swollen joints, decreased muscle tone, and variations in muscle size. In young pets, we will check for developmental issues, and in our older friends we detect signs of arthritis and other degenerative diseases.
Perform blood & lab tests - A complete annual physical exam should include a heartworm, blood and urine tests. These simple tests give us a baseline evaluation of your pet’s health status and may point to underlying diseases.
Screen for parasites – We recommend a fecal examination to check for parasites or worms.
Scheduling a wellness exam for your pet is simple. Contact our staff at Block House Creek Animal Hospital regarding any questions you may have or to schedule a wellness exam in Cedar Park, Texas.