At Martindale Animal Clinic your pet’s wellness is as important to us as it is to you, which is why we recommend that we see your healthy adult pets at least once a year.  At this visit we will:

  • Conduct a physical examination
  • Perform a fecal examination for parasites
  • Administer appropriate vaccinations

We have recently changed our vaccination protocols to better meet the needs of your individual pet. Your pet’s risk for infection, lifestyle, general health and age are all factors we take into account when the appropriate vaccination protocol is selected.
Yearly Fecal Examination

A yearly fecal examination is advised for your pet because a walk through the park is all it takes to pick up intestinal parasites.

At the yearly physical examination you are asked to bring in a small fecal sample for testing under a microscope. During this examination we are looking for eggs that are passed by worms which are not visible to the naked eye, but can live in your pet’s intestines. For animals with intestinal parasites their stool often looks normal.
Preventative Treatment

If you have a dog, they should be placed on heart worm and flea prevention. Every spring, usually in the months of April or May your dog should come in for a heartworm test.

A small blood sample is obtained which is tested for heartworm infection. Once the test results indicate that your dog is not carrying heartworm disease he/she is started on Revolution, a product that protects your pet from heartworm, fleas, ticks and mites.

Physical Examinations
We feel it is important to provide your pet with a thorough physical examination at their yearly visit. Your veterinarian will examine your pet’s:

  • Ears
  • Eyes
  • Mouth
  • Skin

Abdomen to assess for lumps, fluid or abnormal structures

Your pet’s chest will be auscultated for:

  • Heart murmurs
  • Arrhythmias
  • Abnormal lung sounds

We feel that one of the most important parts of an examination and visit is ensuring that all of your questions are answered.  Contact us today to book an adult pet wellness examination and help keep your pet healthy! House calls can also be arranged when warranted.