Oxford Veterinary Hospital - Oxford, PA - Health Maintenance / Wellness Exam
In the exam room, a technician will measure your pet's body temperature, take the urine and stool samples you provide, check your pet for presence of fleas, assess your pet's dental score, body condition score and behavioral assessment. The technician will then go over the recommendations for your pet. For instance, we recommend a yearly fecal exam, lyme/erlichia/anaplasma/heartworm disease testing for dogs, and blood work panels depending on age. For your cat we recommend feline leukemia/aids testing every other year on outside cats and a yearly fecal test.
Your veterinarian, Dr. Mease or Dr. Gaultney will review the information gathered, possibly asking for more details on issues of concern. Then your veterinarian will conduct a thorough physical exam, checking all your pet's major systems including heart, lungs, skin, and teeth for evidence of problems or signs of pain or discomfort. Based on your pet's information and the veterinarians findings during the exam an individualized Preventative Care Plan will be recommended. This usually includes choosing the correct parasite control, diet, vaccination and blood work panel that is best for your pet. Your veterinarian will also grade your pet's dental disease and give you a dental report card for their record. At this time we will discuss when to schedule a dental cleaning for your pet if it is needed.
Most Common Blood Work Panels:
Comprehensive Wellness Profile is a test of your pet's blood, stool and urine that will let us know if there are any problems that have yet to show symptoms. This is recommended yearly on animals older than 7 years of age.
Early Detection Profile is a test of your pet's blood that is a smaller panel than the comprehensive wellness profile. This can also include a urine and/or stool sample, which is recommended yearly. This is recommended for younger animals under the age of 7 or as a semi annual blood test for senior pets.
If abnormal findings an/or signs of disease are identified, a Diagnostic Plan will be set up between you and the veterinarian. This may involve more diagnostic tools such as radiographs, and ultrasound or further blood work.
If health concerns are identified, the veterinarian will recommend and discuss a Treatment Plan. Our recommendations are first based on what is best for the animal. We will always attempt to present all options and allow you as the animal's caretaker to decide what course to take.
OVH veterinarians and staff always strive to give each pet and caretaker individual attention.