Thank you for choosing us to help protect and care for your pet. The entire staff at Heart of Harlem Veterinary Clinic takes you and your pet’s health very seriously. Your cherished companion deserves the best in veterinary care and our skilled and compassionate veterinary team is dedicated to providing your pet with that care. Bringing your pet in for an annual diagnostic and wellness checkup can help reassure you that your dog or cat is healthy or help us detect hidden diseases or conditions early. Early detection can improve the prognosis of many diseases, keep medical costs down, and help your pet live longer. Many dogs and cats are good at hiding signs that something is wrong, so subtle changes in their health or behavior might be easy to overlook. And, depending on the disease, some pets don’t show any symptoms because pets cannot tell us how they feel, disease may be present before you are aware of it. For this reason, additional tests are useful in determining health issues that are not easily observed. If a disease or condition can be detected before your pet shows symptoms, steps can often be taken to manage or correct the problem before the situation worsens.
Dogs and cats age far quicker than humans, so it is even more crucial for our companion animals to receive regular exams. In addition, the risks of arthritis, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, hormone disorders, and kidney and liver problems all increase with age.
During your pet’s wellness exam, we will perform a physical assessment, checking your dog or cat from nose to tail. We will also make sure your pet receives appropriate vaccinations and preventives. We will perform a diagnostic workup, which may include blood, fecal, and urine tests to check for parasites and underlying diseases. We may also recommend that your pet receive dental care. When your pet is nearing his or her senior years, we will recommend a baseline exam and diagnostic workup so we’ll know what’s normal for your pet. This will enable us to keep track of any changes.
Because you spend the most time with your pet, you are your pet’s expert, as well as his or her greatest advocate. Please let us know if you’ve noticed any physical or behavioral changes in your pet, as well as any other concerns you might have.
We want your pet’s wellness exam to be as convenient as possible. When you schedule your pet’s appointment at Heart of Harlem Veterinary Clinic, our receptionist will make recommendations and tell you what, if anything, to bring. The best way to prepare is to come with questions and concerns you have regarding your furry friend. Have you noticed any behavioral changes? Is she/he eating and drinking normally? Does your pet have the opportunity to consume table scraps and, if so, is this contributing to weight issues? We are here to address all your concerns about your special companion and are honored you have chosen us to care for him.
Call us today to schedule your pet’s exam! If you have any questions, we would be happy to discuss our adult wellness program in more detail.