Comprehensive Vet Care
Adopting a pet is a big responsibility. You are responsible for your pet's daily care. This including feeding your pet, giving him water, playing with him, and giving him love. You also need to keep up with your pet's comprehensive veterinary care. Regular veterinary care can help keep your furry friend happy and healthy for years to come. At Fort Hunt Animal Hospital, we provide a wide array of services to maintain the health and well-being of your pet.
Nose to Tail Exam
When you visit your veterinarian in Alexandria, the veterinarian will perform a nose to tail examination. The pet doctor will check the animal’s eyes, nose, and teeth. We will also examine your pet's skin and fur to check for any issues. Next, the vet will listen to your pet's lungs and heart. Finally, we will have your pet walk around the exam room a bit to observe his gait. This examination is essential in catching any health issues early.
The veterinarian may want to take a few samples during your pet's visit. Urine tests and stool sample tests are common procedures during a check-up. We may also want to take a blood sample. If we suspect that your pet has a medical issue, blood work provides valuable information that helps the veterinarian develop a treatment plan. Blood tests are also common with senior pets.
During your pet's annual visit, the vet will perform a weight check. This is very important considering that 25.7 percent of cats and 36.9 percent of dogs are overweight. Also, 33.8 percent of cats and 18.9 percent of dogs are considered obese. Obesity in pets can result in serious health issues; therefore, regular weight checks are essential. If your pet is overweight or obese, your pet doctor can put him on a diet. We can also discuss an exercise regimen to help with your pet’s weight loss.
Your pet will need to stay up-to-date with his vaccinations to remain healthy. Your pet will need his first round of vaccinations at a very young age. After, booster shots are necessary to maintain immunity from various diseases. When your pet has his annual visit to the pet doctor, he will receive any vaccinations that are due on the schedule.
Spaying and Neutering
Having your pet spayed or neutered will help control the pet population and it will protect your pet from serious health issues. Having your pet spayed or neutered can also help with certain behavior issues. If you choose to proceed, the veterinarian will discuss the procedure with you, and we can perform the surgery right in the office.
Questions and Concerns
It is not uncommon to have questions and concerns regarding your pet. When you take your pet in for his annual exam, you can discuss any issues you may have concerning your pet's diet, behavior, and health. Call Fort Hunt Animal Hospital today at (703) 360-6100 to schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians.