Comprehensive Pet Wellness Care
A healthy start is essential for your pet to enjoy a healthy, happy life. At Santa Monica Pet Medical Center we not only offer standard wellness services; our doctors also take time to know every pet and pinpoint additional areas requiring treatment. Our personalized wellness programs are flexible and designed to cover a wide range of basic and elective services, from vaccinations to acupuncture.
For Pets of All Ages
Pet wellness care is necessary for puppies and kittens, but it is also very important for adult and senior pets. Comprehensive health checks are the only way we can effectively prevent issues and keep animals as healthy as possible throughout their life.
Treating and Preventing Parasites
Parasites are an important topic that will need to be addressed during your pet's wellness visit. This is especially relevant for new puppies and kittens, which are often born with internal parasites already in their systems. Fortunately roundworms, hookworms, whipworms and other intestinal parasites can be treated with proper medication. The key is catching and eliminating them early for your pet's benefit.
Fleas and ticks are an ongoing menace, and your pet will need to take flea and tick prevention all year long to stay healthy. Ticks are capable of spreading Lyme disease and other illnesses with just one bite, and fleas can cause flea allergy dermatitis, an itchy, irritating condition that can lead to infection. Heartworm disease, which is spread by mosquitoes, is not a concern in Santa Monica. However, we do require heartworm testing and preventatives for pets that will be traveling to areas where heartworm is endemic.
What We Look for In an Exam
A pet exam is a standard, thorough physical in which one of our doctors will examine your pet from nose to tail. This involves checking their heart rate, lungs, temperature, weight and the following areas:
- Ears, eyes and teeth/gums
- Nose, skin/coat, paws, nails
- Tail, reproductive organs and anal region
While examining your pet, your doctor will be looking for lumps, bumps, lesions and other abnormal signs. They will also ask you about your pet's behavior, daily habits and diet to better understand their lifestyle.
The annual wellness exam is also the ideal time to perform a fecal test to check for intestinal parasites and do blood work if necessary. Pets that are older or living with chronic health problems may need to have their blood and organ function tested regularly.
Maintaining Your Pet's Health
Preventing disease and maintaining optimal health are the primary goals of pet wellness care. Seeing your pet once a year for their exam, diagnostics and additional treatments is the best way for us to achieve proper maintenance and keep them healthy. To schedule your pet for their annual exam, simply call us at (310) 393-8218.