The veterinarians and staff at Godspeed Animal Care in Williamsburg, Virginia, provide the highest quality pet care for every dog, cat, and exotic pet through wellness examinations, which are the strongest components of your pet’s health plan.
Pet Wellness Examinations
During your pet’s assessment, a Godspeed Animal Care veterinarian thoroughly evaluates your animal’s eyes, ears, mouth, heart, lungs, abdomen, skin, muscles, and bones. Be sure to tell your vet of any subtle changes you notice in your dog, cat, or exotic pet, as these may be important indicators of current or future health problems.
Puppy and Kitten
As soon as you purchase or adopt your new pet, bring it in for its first wellness examination. This exam includes a fecal parasite exam and deworming, helping to ensure that these parasites are not passed on to you. Once your new pet is 7 to 8 weeks old, he or she receives vaccinations, and then booster shots every 3 to 4 weeks until reaching 14 to 16 weeks of age. During the wellness exam, our veterinarians advise you about microchipping; flea, tick, and heartworm prevention; upcoming spay or neuter procedures; and consult with you about behavioral issues, proper nutritional care, or any other concerns you may have.
Young to Middle-Aged Dogs and Cats
At this stage of life, pets receive wellness examinations twice a year because they age so rapidly. Problems may be prevented if detected at an early stage, and treatments can be provided to prolong your pet’s wellbeing and provide for a higher quality of life. During these appointments, we administer the appropriate vaccinations, perform a fecal parasite analysis and a heartworm/tick-borne disease test, examine your pet’s heart, and give your pet a dental assessment. We also advise you of any breed- or species-specific health issues that may need additional testing.
Senior pets (smaller dogs 7 years old or older and large dogs 5 years old or older) require twice-a-year examinations to monitor heart health, check for cancer, and discuss any changes in energy level, appetite, and physical ability. For instance, lethargy and changes in appetite could signal a thyroid issue, so further testing might be necessary. Our veterinarians are trained in senior pet care, and we will discuss your pet’s weight management, which can extend the life of your beloved dog or cat. Should your pet suffer an injury or illness, we can diagnose the problem and recommend the best course of action. This might include medications, pain management, therapeutic laser, or other rehabilitation options to get your pet back on track and feeling better.
When you and your pet need a quieter or less clinical environment for evaluations, or when euthanasia is decided, Godspeed Animal Care offers a chapel as an alternative to a standard examination room. Many of our clients value the comfortable setting this provides.
Free Wellness Exams for Shelter Pets
When you adopt a pet from a local shelter, such as Heritage Humane Society, and you bring your new pet in for a wellness exam within the first seven days, our veterinarian’s exam fee is waived.
Rest assured that the veterinarians and staff at Godspeed Animal Care work with you to devise the most appropriate wellness plan for your pet.