Pet Exams & Wellness Care in Rutland, VT
Routine wellness care is essential for your pet’s long-term health. With regular visits to the vet, we can more easily keep track of your pet’s changing needs as they age. And, if any problems do develop, we’ll be able to catch them early and treat them more quickly and efficiently.
Don’t wait for problems to develop. Stay on top of your pet’s health with routine pet exams!
What to Expect at a Wellness Exam at Rutland Veterinary Clinic
No two wellness exams look exactly the same. Our veterinarians take a unique approach to each individual pet to meet their specific needs.
Some of the services your pet will receive at a wellness exam include:
- Physical exam (including dental evaluation)
- Deworming (for puppies and kittens)
- Fecal exam
- Vaccinations, if due
- Heartworm/Lyme disease test
- Parasite prevention
- Age-appropriate bloodwork
- Behavioral consultations
- Nutritional counseling
Common Dangers in Our Area: Ticks & Lyme Disease
Rutland, VT, and all of New England faces the dangers posed by ticks. Ticks carry several illnesses that can be detrimental to our pets (and us, too!). These include Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, and ehrlichiosis. The best way to prevent these illnesses is to prevent tick bites altogether!
At Rutland Veterinary Clinic and Surgical Center, we recommend the following:
Other Parasite Dangers
While not as common as ticks, fleas and heartworms (transmitted by the bite of mosquitos) also pose dangers to our pets. Fleas can cause flea allergy dermatitis in sensitive pets, may transmit Bartonella (“cat scratch” disease), and could even harbor tapeworm larvae. Heartworms are more common in the south, but due to regular movement of pets and people all over the US, these parasites are also present up north. Heartworms can cause heartworm disease, which can be fatal if left untreated in both dogs and cats.
The best way to keep your companion healthy and safe is to apply year-round parasite preventatives! Our veterinarians will help you choose the right product for your pet.