We offer a variety of wellness exams for pets at any life stage.
Proactive, preventative medicine in the form of regular wellness exams and routine care are the key to keeping your pet healthy. Our experience is that the pets who are current on preventative care stay healthier longer. When they do get ill, it’s usually caught early so that the outcome is better.
The Ridge Veterinary Clinic offers wellness exams and preventative care for every life stage of your pet, from puppies and kittens to senior and geriatric animals.
We recommend the following wellness/preventive care:
Adult Pet Wellness Exams. For adult pets, we advise annual comprehensive physicals that evaluate eyes, ears, nose, mouth, lungs, skin, joints, lymph nodes and more. Since our pets can’t speak and will often instinctively hide symptoms and signs of illness or pain, these physical exams are extremely important.
Puppy and Kitten Wellness Exams. We love puppies and kittens! Young puppies and kittens need to see the vet frequently to ensure they receive the proper vaccinations, and our doctors and technicians do a great job of educating pet parents about what their pet will need to be happy and healthy.
Vaccinations. Updated vaccinations and booster shots are a highly effective way to prevent many common and often deadly diseases and infections like rabies, distemper, feline panleukopenia, rhinotracheitis, and more. You can read more about specific vaccinations for pets on our Vaccinations page
Dental Care. Your pet’s teeth and the health of their mouth can affect every aspect of their life. Regular professional dental work will improve your pet’s well-being. Our annual dental cleanings include radiographs, cleaning, polish, and any needed treatments.
Parasite Control. Fleas, ticks, heartworm, and intestinal parasites need to be eradicated and prevented–not only for your pet’s health but for your family’s as well. Many of these parasites are zoonotic, meaning they can be transmitted to people. Your veterinarian can help you determine which one is right for your pet. We carry ProHeart 12 which makes heartworm prevention easy! One injection per year at our office protects your pet from heartworm disease for 12 full months.
Skin and Coat Care. Grooming, washing, brushing and managing any external allergies prevents infections, mange, matting, and more.
Nutrition. Proper nutrition supports all your pet’s bodily processes, bolstering their immune system and ensuring normal aging, growth, and development.
Behavioral Evaluations. Changes in mood or behavior are often symptoms of underlying medical conditions. Identifying these shifts helps us identify and treat the root cause.
Senior and Geriatric Animals. Because pets age much faster than humans, disease and illness progress much faster as well–making preventative care extremely important for older pets. That’s why for dogs over seven and cats over nine, we may recommend an exam with bloodwork every six months.