Wellness & Annual Exams
Preventive care is the foundation of our wellness programs. Each pet’s individual needs are assessed and wellness plans are customized. We value the personal and professional relationships we form with our clients and patients. We aspire to make each and every client and patient feel like a special part of our Westside Family.
As collars and tags are easily lost, microchipping provides your pet with permanent identification. When the identification chip is scanned, a personalized number is displayed that is linked to the owner’s information in the PetLink database. Most veterinary hospitals, humane societies, and animal control divisions have microchip scanners. Whether your pet is lost or injured the faster an owner can be located the faster appropriate actions can be taken.
At the age of seven patients are considered seniors. To keep senior patients at their best and ensure longevity additional care is needed. Westside Animal Hospital follows the American Animal Hospital Associate guidelines for senior pet wellness. A physical examination is recommended every six months. Since our patients cannot tell us how they are feeling, wellness testing is a simple and effective way to monitor your pet’s health. Among other components, the senior care exams focus on: heart and lungs, body weight, dental health, changes in appetite or activity levels, and osteoarthritis. Blood work and urinalysis may be recommended depending on each patient’s examination findings. The blood work and urinalysis can provide us with a baseline for your pet’s normal ranges or help us detect the early stages of the disease. The earlier a disease is diagnosed the more proactive we can be in treatment and preventing progression. The goal of senior care is to ensure the optimal quality of life and to slow the progression of age-related disease.
Nutrition is an important component of every pet’s healthy lifestyle. It begins with selecting an appropriate puppy or kitten formula to support your pet's growing needs. After passing the one-year mark it means choosing a maintenance diet that will keep your pet at a healthy weight while providing energy for your pet’s activity level. As your pet reaches his/her senior years special prescription diets may be required. We carry Royal Canin, Purina, and Science Diet brands that offer a variety of prescription foods. Our prescription diets include weight management, dental prevention, kidney, and urinary tract formulas, hypoallergenic diets, and more. Our computer-generated feeding guides allow us to calculate your pet’s specific calorie requirements.