The Proactive Approach to Pet Care
Preventative care is a pet’s first line of defense against illness and injury. Annual exams allow us to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease in its early stages, often before you notice any symptoms. Treatment is more effective when it starts earlier, so preventative care helps your pet live a long and healthy life with you.
Preventive Health Measures
Annual Veterinary Exams: At Wildwood Veterinary Clinic all exams begin and end with the veterinarian. We want to make your visit efficient and comprehensive, and extended appointments with the veterinarian ensures all questions and concerns are addressed and you never feel rushed.
Vaccinations: We understand every dog and cat has a different lifestyle. We individualize a vaccine protocol for your pet depending on your pet’s unique lifestyle. We follow the American Animal Hospital Association and the American Association of Feline Practitioners guidelines for vaccine recommendations. We use recombinant technology in our vaccines to help prevent severe adverse reactions. For more information on the vaccines we carry, please visit our vaccine manufacturer’s website.
Dental Care: Your pet’s teeth and the health of their mouth can affect every aspect of their life. Annual teeth cleanings maintain and improve your pet’s well-being. We offer full service dentistry services with digital dental X-rays.
Flea, Tick and Heartworm Prevention: Preventing and eradicating parasites like fleas, ticks and heartworm is easy when you administer anti-parasitic medication to your pet regularly. We offer a variety of options for heartworm, flea, and tick preventatives. Heartworm disease is present in the Portland area and can be deadly . We recommend monthly heartworm preventative for every dog in the Portland area.
Home Delivery of Prescription Diets: Proper nutrition supports all of your dog’s bodily processes, bolstering their immune system and ensuring normal aging, growth, and development. We offer home delivery of prescription diets offered through our clinic.
Behavioral Evaluation: Changes in mood or behavior are often symptoms of underlying medical conditions. Identifying these shifts helps us identify and treat the root cause.
Senior Animals: Preventative care becomes more significant for aging dogs. As pets get older, they are prone to many age-related diseases that become increasingly difficult to diagnose and treat. To keep senior pets healthy and happy, we must adjust many preventative health measures to better suit their changing medical needs.
At Wildwood Veterinary Clinic, we recommend senior lab work in all senior pets to screen for diseases that become more prevalent later in life. In cats, kidney disease is a commonly found in older cats and if detected early a cat’s longevity can be extended and quality of life improved.
Preventative Care Testing
Below is an example of typical organs and body functions we test with preventative care blood work:
Blood: A complete blood count screens for: anemia, inflammation, infection, stress, leukemia, bleeding problems, hydration, and ability to fight infection.
Thyroid: Thyroid hormones control how quickly the body uses energy. As your cat ages, thyroid function can become abnormal and cause illness. Diagnostic tests indicate normal thyroid hormone levels.
Heart & Lungs: Clinical assessment indicates that your pet’s heart and lungs are functioning normally.
Pancreas & Intestine: The pancreas is a small organ located near the small intestines and is responsible for producing several digestive enzymes and hormones that help regulate metabolism. The intestines are needed for digestion and absorption of nutrients from food. Clinical assessment indicates adequate pancreatic and intestinal functions.
Liver & Gallbladder: The liver is a large organ with many different functions. It produces bile which is stored in the gallbladder and is important for fat digestion. The liver makes protein and cholesterol and is involved in most aspects of protein, carbohydrate and fat metabolism. The liver also removes toxins from the blood and it is important to know the liver is healthy prior to starting many medications. Diagnostic tests indicate that your pet’s liver and gallbladder are functioning normally.
Kidneys: Kidneys are responsible for filtering metabolic waste products, excess sodium, and water from the blood stream, as well as conserving vital electrolytes. Diagnostic tests indicate that the kidneys are functioning normally.
Bladder & Urine: A urinalysis helps assess the health of your pet’s kidneys and bladder and can indicate evidence of inflammation or infection in the kidneys or bladder.