A pet annual exam is the most important aspect of preventative pet care, allowing your veterinarian to detect potential health issues before they become larger problems – even if your pet isn’t showing any noticeable symptoms. Pet annual exams in our Williamsburg clinic typically involve a thorough physical examination and complete medical history. During your visit, we will evaluate your pet for any deformities or growths, areas of pain or discomfort, or mobility issues. Since you know your furry friend better than anyone else, we’ll also ask questions about your pet’s routine habits and address anything that may be concerning you, such as changes in behavior or appetite.
A routine office visit that is scheduled in advance (not same day) and is not for international travel is $85 for returning clients and $90 for new clients.
Pet insurance coverage for annual pet exams depends on the specific policy and insurance provider. In general, most pet insurance policies do not cover routine wellness exams, which include annual check-ups, vaccinations, and preventative pet care. However, some policies may offer optional wellness or routine care coverage as an add-on or a separate plan.
Our Williamsburg veterinarian offers a wide range of veterinary care services, including diagnostic lab tests, holistic veterinary medicine, pet dental cleaning, and first puppy and kitten vet visits. Additional services that may be conducted during your pet’s annual checkup include:
Pet vaccinations fall into two categories: core and non-core. All pets require core vaccines, including rabies and DHPP, in their first few weeks of life and must receive additional doses as necessary. Non-core vaccines are administered based on your pet’s lifestyle and potential for exposure. For example, a dog that regularly attends daycare or dog parks or is boarded at a kennel may need additional protection against bordetella or the canine flu.
Parasite prevention for cats and dogs is key to protecting their long-term health and preventing harmful infections. Medication can help prevent some types of parasites, such as heartworm, fleas, and ticks, but your pet can still be at risk, especially if you live near a field, marsh, or wooded area, where parasitic critters thrive.
As a part of your pet preventative care routine, we recommend physically examining your pets for ticks, especially after a walk or during peak bug season, which runs from spring through fall. You should also keep them from eating things outdoors and drinking out of non-potable water sources, as parasite eggs can live in contaminated soil, food, feces, and water. Cats may get worms from eating infected rodents or catch fleas from ingesting them while grooming themselves. Be sure to watch them outdoors and keep their coat clean to prevent parasites.
It’s important to reach out to a veterinarian shortly after your pet starts displaying symptoms of potentially harboring any parasites. Although they are common, an uncontrolled infestation can quickly escalate and become serious or even life-threatening to both animals and humans. If you suspect that your pet has been introduced to a parasite, our veterinarians in Brooklyn, New York, will conduct diagnostic testing, such as a fecal exam, and deworming procedures to eradicate the parasite and protect your pet from future exposure.
A pet owner’s worst nightmare is their pet wandering off and getting lost, but some dogs and cats just can’t help their curiosity. Our pet microchipping services in Brooklyn will provide you with peace of mind. Dog and cat microchipping is a quick and virtually painless procedure that involves implanting a tiny radio-frequency identification transponder (roughly the size of a grain of rice) into your pet’s skin. Should your pet get lost, a veterinarian or public servant can scan your pet’s microchip to reveal their unique identification number and help get them back to you. In fact, New York law requires lost animals to be scanned for a microchip within 24 hours of being found.
Pet weight management may not be top of mind when it comes to supporting your furry friend’s health. But animals that suffer from being overweight or obese are at higher risk of developing serious health complications, including:
Our vets provide preventative pet care to keep your pet at a healthy weight. If your pet has a bit more pudge than they used to, we can put together a holistic treatment plan for cat or dog weight loss at our Williamsburg clinic. A pet weight management plan may include a combination of dietary changes, increased activity, and an overall dedication to your pet's lifestyle adjustment.
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