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Preventative Care

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Just like we visit the doctor once a year for a check-up, our pets need routine wellness care to maintain their best health. Even the healthiest pets should see a veterinarian at least once a year. These wellness visits help us detect problems in their early stages, when they can be treated most easily and with the best results. There are also many preventative measures, such as vaccines and parasite control medications, that eliminate the risk of certain health concerns. At Raymore Animal Clinic, we offer a complete listing of wellness services, including yearly physical exams, vaccines, parasite prevention, dental care, and much more. You can read more about our many wellness services below.


Surgery, acupuncture, herbal therapies, care for exotic animal pets, cold laser and other rehabilitative therapies can be obtained at our sister clinic, Belton Animal Clinic & Exotic Care Center.

 

Wellness Exams

The wellness exam is the key to helping your pet live a long and healthy life. This exam involves a thorough examination of your pet's body systems from nose-to-tail, evaluating the health of the mouth, eyes, ears, heart, lungs, skin, coat, and more. If your veterinarian notices any signs of a potential health condition, they may recommend further testing, such as blood work or radiology, to help form a diagnosis. Detecting disease in its early stages is very valuable because it allows for more effective and less expensive treatment options.

Your pet's wellness exam is also a great opportunity to ask your veterinarian whatever questions you may have and to talk about the at-home aspects of your pet's health, such as behavior and nutrition. Your veterinarian will happily offer advice on how to keep your pet happy and healthy in between visits to the office. Wellness exams are recommended every six months, more frequently for geriatric pets and those with chronic medical issues.

 

Vaccines

Many of the serious diseases that affect dogs and cats can now be completely prevented with vaccines. We offer all core and many non-core dog and cat vaccines to make sure your pet is fully protected. Your veterinarian will recommend a vaccination program for your pet based on evaluation of your pet's individual risk factors, such as breed, environment, and lifestyle.

 

Parasite Prevention

Parasites aren't just a nuisance; they pose a serious threat to your pet's health. Fleas and ticks latch onto their hosts' skin and feed on their blood. This means they can transfer serious diseases to your pets, including Lyme disease, tapeworm, and Bartonella. Heartworm live in the circulatory system and hinder blood circulation, damaging the heart, lungs, liver, and kidney. The only way to fully protect your pet from parasites is with a preventative medicine and routine testing. Parasite preventatives come in many forms, including chewable tablets and topical cream. We always recommend testing for parasites before starting a preventative plan, because some preventative medicines cannot stop the progress of a pre-existing infection.

 

Nutritional Counseling

Feeding your pet a healthy diet is essential to promoting your pet's best health. Your veterinarian can recommend the proper diet for your dog or cat based on important factors like age, health, weight, and breed. If your dog needs to gain or lose weight, our nutritional counseling services can recommend a special diet and offer tips to help you manage your dog's weight.

 

Behavioral Counseling

Our veterinarians have years of experience and training in understanding animal behavior. We can help you address a variety of behavioral problems, such as:

  • House soiling
  • Separation anxiety
  • Phobias
  • Obedience training
  • Introducing new pets to the family
  • And more

 

Blood Work

Blood work is a very important tool in veterinary diagnosis. A blood test can tell us a lot about your animal's health, such as immune system strength, blood clotting ability, and the presence of infection. In addition, blood work is routinely performed before surgery to ensure your pet is safe to go under anesthesia. As your pet ages and enters his or her senior years, blood work is usually recommended on an annual basis to help your veterinarian detect health problems in their early stages.

 

Lab Work

In addition to carefully examining your pet from nose to tail, your veterinarian may want to perform some lab tests to get a better understanding of your pet's internal health. Some examples of commonly performed lab tests are fecal analysis, urinalysis, and blood work. These tests can reveal information about your pet's health that cannot be detected by a physical exam alone. Our clinic is equipped with an on-site laboratory, allowing us the quickest, most direct access to your pet's health.

 

Additional services including care for exotic animal pets, acupuncture, herbal therapy, cold laser and other rehabilitative therapies are located at our sister clinic, Belton Animal Clinic & Exotic Care Center, located in Belton!