Every Pet Needs a Wellness Plan
How can you give your pet the best life possible?
- First, know that diet and exercise are just one part of the larger equation.
- Second, be assured that our veterinary team in Jenison is always available when you have a question that needs answering, or a problem that needs addressing.
With wellness care, we use our genuine interest in your pet’s well-being to provide and recommend the right treatments for their every need—from yearly exams, blood testing and parasite screens to dental cleanings.
Do we really need to see your pet once a year for their checkup? We highly recommend it at our veterinary clinic, because it gives us a chance to:
- Establish a baseline
- Create an ongoing medical history that makes it easier for us to understand your pet’s condition
- Spot subtle changes before clinical signs appear
In short, to keep your pet at their healthiest, we need to know as much as possible about them and be in a position to detect problems before they become more serious.
Furthermore, pets, especially cats, are champions at hiding illness. You may not realize that your pet is ailing until you start noticing clinical signs, and by then their condition can be difficult to treat.
Pets Need Parasite Protection, Too
Prevention is the backbone of pet wellness care; it makes it easier for your pet to stay healthy and enjoy a more carefree life. An area of preventative medicine that is especially important is parasite prevention. Heartworm disease, intestinal parasites, fleas, and ticks are major pests despite their tiny size, capable of causing frustrating infestations and potentially life-threatening illness in our companions. Along with testing your pet for parasites, they need to take parasite preventatives year-round to protect against bites and infestations.
Yearly Testing to Monitor Health and Screen for Disease
Our veterinary clinic recommends annual blood testing to screen dogs for heartworm disease, Lyme disease*, and more, in addition to routine fecal and urinalysis tests. For young, healthy dogs and cats, we also suggest doing a yearly mini blood panel. For senior pets we recommend more comprehensive testing to assess organ function, blood cell count, and more.
*In recent years there has been an influx of Lyme disease in the area. Due to an increased risk of becoming infected with Lyme disease, dogs should be tested at least once a year for Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. You may also want to have your dog receive the Lyme vaccine.
Very friendly and welcoming staff! And you can just tell that Dr. Coll really cares about each and every pet (and pet owner) that sees her. It didn't feel like they were trying to get me in to get me out asap. It's a genuine place, and I highly recommend it.