Prevention is the Best MedicineWellness care for pets in Shawnee Kansas - Prevention is the Best Medicine. As veterinary medical professionals, we understand that in order to provide your pet with a long and happy life while also reducing the overall cost of care for your pet, our focus has to be on preventative care. This is why Mill Creek Animal Hospital in Shawnee, Kansas, recommends yearly pet wellness exams that include thorough screenings for a number of common diseases and ailments. As your pet enters his or her senior years these screenings become even more important, which is why we have developed a specialized Senior Wellness protocol for dogs and cats.
Our Kansas City area veterinary clinic also offers regular pet vaccinations to protect your dog or cat from a range of preventable and dangerous diseases as well as routine dental care, identity microchips, nutritional counseling, emergency veterinary care, internal medical services, soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries, advanced diagnostic testing capabilities, and more.
Perhaps the most important piece of your Shawnee pet’s veterinary care is strong client/veterinarian communication. It is important that we hear from you how your pet is doing and any concerns you may have. It is also our responsibility and duty to empower you with the veterinary knowledge necessary to provide the best and most compassionate home-based care for your pet.
In all, we strive to provide the highest level of veterinary service to you and compassionate care to your pet in a warm, safe and inviting atmosphere. Please take a look at the services we offer and learn why we believe they are important for the care of your pet. Then feel free to give us a call at (913) 268-0900 to make an appointment for a veterinary wellness exam.
Your Shawnee Pet's Veterinary Wellness Exam
You go to the doctor regularly, but does your pet? Regular veterinary wellness exams are an integral part of your pet's preventive health care program.
A routine examination provides you and your Kanas city area veterinarian with the opportunity to develop a picture of your pet's overall health as well as to spot potential medical issues before they become serious health concerns. It's also an opportunity for you to ask your veterinarian important questions about your pet's health, habits and daily care. We also use this time to inform you about home healthcare for your pet and offer important advice and new information on the care of your particular type and breed of animal.
For these reasons, Mill Creek Animal Hospital recommends a complete nose-to-tail physical examination at least once a year, though more frequent exams are encouraged.
During your pet's wellness checkup at our Shawnee animal hospital, your veterinarian will:
Listen to your pet's heart – Early signs of cardiac disease such as heart murmurs and abnormal heart beat patterns known as arrhythmias can be heard through a stethoscope. Discovering these initial indicators of trouble ahead can lead to identifying and treating the underlying condition before it becomes a more serious health threat.
Listen to your pet's lungs – Health issues such as infections, obstructive diseases and other problems can be detected by listening to your pet's lungs through a stethoscope. The doctor can also assess the overall pulmonary health of your pet.
Check your pet's teeth and oral cavity – Infections and other forms of dental disease can lead to very serious systemic health issues. We will also take the time to discuss proper home dental care with you.
Evaluate your pet's vision – Ocular conditions–such as glaucoma, corneal ulcers and dry eye–can be prevented or better treated through regular care and screenings.
Look into your pet's ears –Ear disease is relatively common in many types of pets. Regular examinations can prevent most forms of ear disease from developing or stop its progression.
Palpate the lymph nodes, abdomen and skin – By feeling these areas, we are looking for unusual lumps or swellings as well as evaluating the skin for discolorations, lesions or patterns of hair loss or thinning, which could be signs of serious health issues.
Palpate joints and muscles – By examining the joints, legs and other areas of the body, we are able to evaluate for swollen joints, decreased muscle tone and variations in muscle size between the limbs that may indicate developing orthopedic issues. In older pets, we look for signs of arthritis, which can be treated if found early.
Lab work – A complete physical includes a heartworm test and should include a full blood workup. A full chemistry panel and complete blood count can screen for the presence of underlying disease processes and create a baseline should your pet become ill between routine examinations.
Parasite Testing – Checking your pet for intestinal parasites is an important component of any preventative care plan for your pet and your family. For example, parasites such as hookworms are considered zoonotic, which means they can affect humans too.