pet wellness examinations Saugus

Wellness Visits

Wellness Visits

At Saugus Animal Hospital, we feel that preventative medicine is the best

way to maintain your pet’s health. Just as you visit the doctor regularly,

animals need to receive regular check-ups to ensure they are as healthy as

possible. Regular exams can detect diseases sometimes in earlier stages

where treatment is less complex and expensive. We recommend that, at a

minimum, patients come once a year. Cats and dogs aged eight years or

older and pets with certain illnesses should be seen more frequently.

A typical wellness exam consists of checking all of the animal’s physical

systems to ensure that everything looks, feels and sounds normal.  

Appointments also include discussions about your pet’s diet, exercise, likes

and dislikes, home environment and any general changes in behavior and

activity. We also provide you with the most up-to-date information about

available treatments and healthcare options. During your visit, doctors and

technicians will answer any questions you have and share our knowledge of

specific health needs that could be associated with your pet’s species,

breed, gender and age.

Over time, your pet’s health needs will change and grow as he/she does. The Saugus Animal Hospital staff can guide you along the best treatment options based on your pet’s individual needs. Aspects of our well visits include:

  • Vaccinations are suggested to protect pets against infectious diseases according to your pet’s individual factors and the guidelines set by the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Animal Hospital Association. We recommend a variety of vaccines tailored to the lifestyle of your specific pet. For example, an indoor cat will require a different regimen than an outdoor cat. Age of the pet is also a factor, as is daily routines, such as whether or not your pet attends doggy daycare or boards in kennels.
  • Screenings for wellness of the animal’s eye, ear, heart, lung, skin, coat, musculoskeletal system, endocrine system, teeth and gums are among the standard examination criteria of a well visit.
  • Testing in our on-site laboratory is provided as appropriate for your pet’s age and symptoms.
  • Consultations for protection of pets and human family members against common parasites, including heartworms, fleas and ticks.
  • Preventative dentistry services and education about year-round dental care.
  • Discussions about spay and neuter options to avoid unwanted litters, behaviors and health issues.
  • Considerations for the HomeAgain® microchip system in the event that your pet is missing from home.
  • Education and advice on any and all topics of discussion and questions you may have about your pet’s behavior, nutritional needs and wellness.