At Metrowest Veterinary Associates, we firmly believe in the value of routine checkups. They are necessary to keep your pet healthy for the duration of their lives.
What is wellness care?
During a yearly wellness visit, one of our veterinarians will conduct a thorough physical exam, checking to make sure your pet’s body is functioning just as it should be. The information gathered during your pet’s exams helps us to develop a baseline of what’s normal for them and observe early indicators of health issues.
Our veterinarian will also discuss and make recommendations for vaccines, parasite control and prevention, nutrition, behavior, labwork, and any concerns you have.
Some of the diseases that can affect dogs and cats are preventable through vaccination. Based on factors such as risk, lifestyle, and age, the veterinarian will recommend a vaccine schedule for your pet. In Massachusetts, a rabies vaccine is mandated by law, as it is nearly always fatal, transmissible to humans, and highly contagious.
Parasites can carry diseases that cause serious illness to your pet. Our veterinarian will discuss your pet’s risk factors with you to help determine which preventative products would be most suited. In dogs, we focus on flea, tick, heartworm, and intestinal parasite prevention.
Nutrition plays a role in helping your pet live a healthy lifestyle. This includes what kind of food you feed, how much is given at each meal, and what treats you use. Some pets need a specialized diet to help with their chronic conditions.
Your pet’s wellness visit is a great opportunity to discuss any behaviors you are concerned about. Additionally, changes in behavior can indicate an underlying health issue.
Labwork and Diagnostics
Your pet’s wellness visit may include routine lab work. If your pet is experiencing any symptoms, other diagnostics and lab work may be recommended. Learn More.