Prolonging Lives with Pet Wellness Care
With continuing advances in veterinary medicine, pets are living longer than ever before. Helping your best friend to live their fullest and longest life requires care on your part and ours, too! Regular pet wellness care is the single most effective way of maintaining their health and quality of life. At Best Friends Animal Hospital in Fayetteville, we champion high-quality preventive care and education for conscientious pet owners.
“These doctors and staff care so much about our family dog. We know he is in great hands when we take him in, and appreciate how loving they are to him. They also get us in and out quickly! Thank you Best Friends Animal Hospital for taking such good care of our pet!”
Committing to Routine Exams
Routine exams are a must for your pet. We highly recommend semi-annual exams for each of our canine patients, and annual exams for our felines. Frequent exams give us an opportunity to assess your pet’s ever-changing needs and give you recommendations for their nutrition, parasite prevention, diagnostic screenings, and more. No two exams ever look exactly the same. We treat each pet as the individual they are.
Each exam will include a combination of the following:
- Physical exam
- Talking to you about any health or behavior changes
- Vaccinations, as appropriate for your pet
- Age appropriate diagnostic work including blood work, fecal exams, and more
Parasite prevention is an essential part of pet wellness care all-year round. In Northwest Arkansas, parasites such as fleas, ticks, and heartworms (transmitted through mosquitos) are a major health concern. Not only are pests annoying to your pet, they can also cause severe discomfort and even life-threatening diseases. While pest prevention is very effective, it is not a 100% guarantee. Simple blood test screenings allow us to discover any diseases that may have slipped through the cracks so we can address them immediately.
Physical exams can tell us a lot about your pet but not everything! Pet wellness care needs a more in-depth approach. We rely on diagnostics to assess internal changes. Blood work, fecal tests, urinalysis, and cytology (skin cell analysis) all help us to create a complete picture of your pet’s health. Also, as pets age, regular blood work is essential for picking up on any developing conditions. Imaging technology such as X-rays and ultrasound play a particularly crucial role, too.