Just like you, we want your pet to live the longest, healthiest life possible. Bellingham Veterinary is a full-service animal hospital and that includes wellness and preventive care.
Annual wellness exams are your pet’s first line of defense. Our comprehensive annual exams include checking your pet’s overall health from nose to tail and looking for any changes that may have occurred.
These wellness exams also allow us to develop a customized care plan for your pet’s optimal health—one that includes preventive care like vaccines and blood screenings, parasite prevention, nutritional and behavioral advice, and medical intervention when needed.
While we do recommend annual visits for all adult dogs and cats, we believe that senior animals should have twice-yearly exams and blood work. Pets age differently based on species, breed and size, but generally, most dogs are considered seniors around age 7; cats at 9. Since animals age much faster than we do, disease and illness progress more quickly, and we want to catch problems early while they’re more treatable.
Wellness exams are also a great time to talk with our veterinarian about any behavioral changes or challenges you may be having with your pet. Often behavioral changes can indicate a health issue. If the behavior doesn’t stem from a physical problem, our veterinarian can advise you on how to best address the problem.