Pet Wellness Care is About Prevention
At Myers Animal Clinic, we can provide you and your pet with the tools you need to prevent illness and give them the healthiest, longest life possible. It is also important to realize that just because your pet seems healthy, does not mean that they are not at risk. Bacteria, viruses, and other hazards abound here in Springfield, and only with routine, comprehensive pet wellness care and preventive measures can you ensure that your pet has the best protection at all times.
Why Your Pet Needs Routine Exams
A physical exam can give our doctors key information about your pet’s overall condition. From head to tail, we check your pet for any unusual physical signs including lumps, bumps, parasites, and inflammation. The pet wellness care exam also includes an evaluation of your pet’s diet, weight, temperature, and heart and lung function.
To check their internal health, we recommend yearly blood and fecal tests, which can help us detect:
- Heartworm disease
- Lyme disease
- Roundworms, hookworms, and tapeworms
- Coccidia and giardia
- Blood cell count
- Changes in organ function
Routine exams can aid in the early detection of diseases and allow for timely treatment. Your pet’s health can change a lot in just a year, so regular checkups are essential.
Parasite and Disease Protection are Key
We highly recommend vaccines and parasite preventives for all of our patients, canine and feline. Heartworm disease, Lyme disease, and other parasite-transmitted illnesses can be very harmful to your pet, and clinical signs may not be evident until their condition has progressed. Preventing infection altogether is ideal not only for keeping your pet healthy but for preventing stressful, costly treatment in the future.
Be Aware of Zootonic Diseases
Lyme disease, leptospirosis, and giardia are zoonotic diseases, which means that they can be passed from animals to humans. Protecting your pet from these intruders also protects you and your family, so be sure to give your pet their parasite preventives all 12 months out of the year, every year!
Is Your Pet a Senior?
Senior dogs and cats experience the effects of aging just like people do. This means that more frequent checkups and blood screenings may be necessary for us to monitor their health more closely and make sure they’re receiving the best care. While your pet may be slowing down, they can still enjoy life. If your pet is less active than they should be or showing signs of lameness, call (217) 525-9556 so we can help.