Routine Pet Wellness Exams in Town Center of Virginia Beach, VA

At Independence Veterinary Hospital, we love your pets like we love our own. That means we’re equally invested in your companion’s care and making sure they enjoy the healthiest life possible year after year. Ideally, we recommend seeing your pet every 6 months (or biannually) for their wellness exam, or at least once a year. This frequency ensures that any sudden changes in your pet’s health are discovered and addressed as quickly as possible to prevent the onset of illness. Senior pets especially benefit from biannual exams, as they are more prone to disease and injury.

Schedule a pet wellness exam for your companion today!

What is Done During a Pet Wellness Exam?

While every pet exam follows many of the same steps, we also use our findings from the exam to tailor your pet’s treatment to their individual needs.

Typically, the wellness exam includes:

  • Checking your pet’s heart, lungs, body weight, and temperature

  • Examining them from nose to tail for lumps, bumps, lesions, parasites, and other problems

  • Performing a fecal exam to screen for intestinal parasites and other issues

  • Running blood work to screen for heartworm disease, tick diseases, and more

  • Recommending and giving the necessary vaccinations

  • Discussing and recommending proper nutrition, exercise, training, etc.

Protecting Your Pet from Parasites and Harmful Diseases

Our goal with pet wellness exams in Virginia Beach, VA is to maximize your pet’s quality of life and longevity at every stage. Central to achieving this goal is disease prevention, and there are various diseases in Virginia Beach and surrounding areas that can be harmful to your dog or cat! Fleas are quite common in our region, along with ticks and heartworms. At Independence Veterinary Hospital, we recommend and offer the best parasite preventatives, each formulated for the unique needs of canines and felines. We also offer ProHeart 6 and ProHeart 12, heartworm injection medications for dogs that provide 6 and 12 months of heartworm protection, respectively.

Continuous protection against heartworm disease, fleas, and ticks and tick-borne diseases is crucial for your pet. Heartworm disease can be fatal, and many tick-borne diseases can be spread to humans as well as other pets. Keeping your loved one protected also increases the health and safety of the greater community.

Have questions about pet wellness exams, parasite prevention, or a bit of both? Contact us today at (757) 473-8560 or request an appointment!