Keeping Pets Well from Nose to Tail

Pet Exams in Annandale

For pets to stay healthy and avoid serious conditions later on in life, it’s important that they see their veterinarian at least once a year. Both cats and dogs benefit greatly from yearly pet exams, which can help detect underlying issues that would otherwise go unnoticed. At Columbia Pike Animal Hospital in Annandale, pet wellness care is the keystone of your four-legged family member’s lifelong health program. It encompasses a large array of different veterinary services that contribute to your pet’s overall care. We love seeing your pet walk through our doors, happy and healthy, and we want to preserve their good health for as long as possible.

Pet Exams in Annandale

Pet Wellness Care Services We Offer

Our animal hospital in Annandale can provide all the services your pet needs for a long, healthy life. These include, but are not limited to:

Canine & Feline Wellness Exams

Each pet exam begins with a thorough, nose-to-tail physical exam. Your veterinarian will check the following:

  • Ears
  • Eyes
  • Mouth/teeth/gums
  • Nose
  • Skin
  • Coat
  • Paws
  • Limbs
  • Joints
  • Heart rate
  • Temperature
  • Weight

Your veterinarian will discuss any abnormalities or other notable characteristics with you once they’ve completed this exam. If your pet is in good shape, they can have their vaccinations. To test your canine for heartworm, we’ll draw a small blood sample. We recommend bringing in a fresh stool sample so that we can check for intestinal parasites, and administer treatment if necessary. Come to this appointment prepared with any questions or concerns you might have, so your veterinarian can address them promptly.

Felines are prone to conditions such as diabetes, hyperthyroidism, and kidney disease, so we’ll check for signs of these problems as well.

Puppy & Kitten Care

Newly-adopted puppies and kittens need to be seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible, so we can begin their healthcare regimen and catch any illnesses or diseases in their earliest stages. Bring a fresh stool sample to your appointment, as most puppies and kittens are born with some form of intestinal parasites (roundworms are very common). If your pet is old enough (6-8 weeks), we can administer their first in a series of 4 distemper boosters. During this visit, we’ll go over house training, dietary recommendations, and much more.

Your canine or feline family member deserves the best routine care available, and we’re happy to offer so many wellness care services for them here in Annandale. If you have any questions about your pet’s wellness care plan or need to make an appointment, give us a call at (703) 256-8414.

Pet Exams in Annandale