Comprehensive Physical Examinations
At Waunakee Vet Clinic we stress wellness above all. With many illnesses, early detection makes all the difference! Our senior pets receive a thorough exam which will help your veterinarian to detect disease or cancer. The physical exam allows for an evaluation of a tip of nose to tip of tail exam, which includes the following: Eye exam Ear exam Lymph node ("glands") palpation Evaluating and measuring of skin and subcutaneous masses ("lumps and bumps") Abdominal palpation Joint mobility Body weight trend
Senior Pet Wellness Program
Blood Screen and Urinalysis
Our suggested senior wellness screening panel is as follows:
- Blood chemistries: allows us to assess whole body function
- Kidney function (BUN, Creatinine, Phosphorus)
- Gastrointestinal tract (Protein, electrolytes)
- Liver Function (ALT, ALP, GGT, Bilirubin, Albumin)
- Regulatory hormones (Glucose, Calcium)
Complete Blood Count: an assessment of red and white blood cells size, shape and amounts which may indicate diseases such as infection, cancers, bone marrow issues, bleeding disorders
Thyroid level: to help determine if your pet's thyroid hormone (the metabolism hormone) is low or high which can govern weight gain or loss, energy level and appetite.
Urinalysis: an analysis of a urine sample to check for a bladder infection and assess kidney function
Checking chest radiographs (x-rays) will help get a clear picture of your pet's internal organs. X-rays can provide important medical information to Dr. Arnett and Dr. Abrams that blood tests, urinalysis, and physical exams may not. Chest tumors are virtually undetectable without x-rays. Chest x-rays can allow us to evaluate heart size and lung patterns, as well.
Oral health is very important for your pet's longevity and quality of life. Either Dr. Arnett or Dr. Abrams may recommend a dental cleaning. Your pet's dental cleaning is like human dental cleaning; however, it is necessary for pets to be anesthetized for the procedure. Our hospital takes the utmost care in providing the safest anesthesia and detailed monitoring during the procedure. Once your pet is anesthetized, each tooth is scaled (cleaned) carefully, then a thorough oral exam is performed to assess for any infections, broken teeth or oral tumors, followed by polishing each individual tooth. Oral health problems like fractured (broken) teeth are addressed as needed using advanced dentistry and local anesthesia (nerve blocks).
Digital Dental Radiography
Digital dental radiography allows Dr. Arnett and Dr. Abrams to properly diagnose and treat dental disease. Pets are prone to dental disease which can cause chronic pain, infection, and decreased quality of life. Many teeth issues cannot be detected by oral exam alone. By providing dental radiography to our patients and clients we’re are able to provide high-quality dental services to our community.
Our complete in-house pharmacy is available to Dr. Arnett and Dr. Abrams that contains many different types of medications to treat dogs, cats, and exotic pets. Our hospital's pharmacy includes many types antibiotics to treat conditions such as skin infections, urinary tract infection, respiratory infections; steroidal and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories; eye medications; heart medications; anti-parasite medications (flea, tick, intestinal parasites), and medications to treat endocrine disease (thyroid, Cushing's and Addison's diseases).
Select Pocket Pets and Exotics Services
We're happy to see our community's unique pets! Our doctors can evaluate: rabbits, guinea pigs and other rodents, ferrets, and some reptiles.