Pet Wellness Services

westfield pet wellness examsPreventative Care is the Key to
Your Pet's Long and Happy Life

Westfield Animal Hospital's mission is to provide quality, progressive and personalized pet wellness care that meets all the needs of our clients and their pets. We offer a wide range of medical services for dogs and cats as well as quality care for birds and other exotic species.

The basis of our model of care is prevention. As medical professionals, we understand that the most effective means of providing your pet a long and happy life, while minimizing the lifetime cost of care, is through preventive medicine. This is why we highly recommend regular wellness exams, appropriate vaccines, microchip lost pet identification, dental care, and proper nutrition.

Preventive medicine also includes being excellent communicators. The staff at Westfield Animal Hospital believes that educating our clients and being as open as possible to your questions and concerns are vital aspects of ensuring a lifetime of good health for your pet. Our medical knowledge is of little value if we don't share it with you in order to provide the best homecare possible for your pet.

Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, we realize our pets may experience illness or injury. The skill, experience and extensive education of the doctors and staff at Westfield Animal Hospital enables us to effectively manage complex medical, dental and surgical challenges. Additionally, our relationships with veterinary specialists ensure that your pet will receive the prompt and appropriate care of a specialist when necessary.

In all that we do, Westfield Animal Hospital works each day to provide you and your pet with the highest level of service within a safe, clean and welcoming facility.

Please take a look at the services we offer and why we believe they are important to the proper care of your pet. If you would like to set up an appointment or have any questions please call us at (908) 233-6030.

Westfield Pet Wellness Exams

Your pets can't always tell you where it hurts. The basis of any preventive medical regimen is regular wellness exams. A comprehensive physical exam at Westfield Animal Hospital allows our doctors to compile a list of clues that can help uncover a problem. Early detection and treatment are essential to avoid undue suffering and to prolong the quality and longevity of your pet's life.

At home, watch for subtle changes in your pet's body weight, appetite, water intake, urination and bowel habits, as well as general attitude and activity level. These changes may be signs of medical problems. Lumps and bumps under the skin may seem harmless, but can be cancerous. Abscessed teeth and gum disease are common, painful conditions that may not become obvious until seriously advanced. A comprehensive physical exam is the tool to evaluate your dog's, cat's or other pet's health status and to help you make informed decisions about the care of your special companion.

Pets age at a much more rapid rate than do humans. All pets should receive twice yearly examinations so that we can make sure there are no health issues and we can answer any questions you may have. This is especially important for senior pets, animals over seven years of age. Wellness exams allow us to get a general picture of your pet's overall health and are invaluable in diagnosing and treating your companion.

During your pet's wellness checkup, one of our Westfield veterinarians will:

Listen to your pet's heart – Early signs of cardiac disease such as heart murmurs and abnormal heartbeat patterns known as arrhythmias can be heard through a stethoscope. Discovering these initial indicators of trouble ahead can lead to identifying and treating the underlying condition before it becomes a more serious health threat.

Listen to your pet's lungs – Health issues such as infections, obstructive diseases and other respiratory problems can be detected by listening to your pet's lungs.

Check your pet's teeth and oral cavity – Examining your pet's mouth and teeth is an important part of your pet's wellness exam. Gingivitis, if left untreated, can lead to loss of teeth and a more severe problem called periodontal disease. Very young animals, such as kittens and puppies, also need to be checked to ensure they are developing an appropriate bite and that they are losing their baby teeth at the right time. We also take the time to discuss proper home dental care with you.

westfield pet wellnessEvaluate your pet's Vision – Many diseases if found early can be easily treated. Conditions such as glaucoma and cataracts can be prevented through regular care and screenings.

Look into your pet's ears – As with dental disease, ear disease is relatively common in many types of pets. Issues such as allergies, ear mites, yeast infections and bacteria can all cause and contribute to otitis or ear disease. Though you may feel this is an area that can be well-handled at home, the fact is that many ear diseases are difficult to detect and require medical attention.

Palpate your pet's lymph nodes, abdomen and skin – We look for unusual lumps or swellings as well as skin discolorations, lesions or patterns of hair loss or thinning. Certain abnormalities indicate the presence of more systemic problems, especially metabolic diseases, which most commonly occur in middle-aged or older animals.

Palpate the joints and muscles – We evaluate your pet for swollen and painful joints, decreased muscle tone and variations in muscle size between the legs. We also observe your pet's gait for developmental issues. In puppies, we look for early indications of hip or elbow problems. For older pets, we look for signs of arthritis, which can be well treated if found early.

Early disease detection laboratory testing – Laboratory testing is essential in knowing what's going on inside your pet. A complete blood count, chemistry panel, heartworm, Lyme test and fecal exam are necessary for maintaining a close eye on your pet's health.

Fleas and Ticks

Fleas and ticks are virtually everywhere. Although they're a bigger problem in certain parts of the country and at specific times of the year, no cat or dog is completely safe from them. Fortunately, many safe and highly effective products are available. Today, there's no reason for any pet or owner to be bothered by these pests.

Beyond causing serious discomfort, fleas and ticks can carry diseases dangerous to both you and your pet. Fleas can carry tapeworm, which your pet can contract. If a pet is allergic, a flea bite can cause an intense reaction. Ticks can transmit serious diseases such as Lyme disease which can affect both your family and your pet.

There are numerous signs that indicate your pet may have fleas. Scratching may be a sign of fleas. Redness or oozing lesions on the skin can be signs of flea allergy dermatitis. Tiny black dots on your pet might be an indication of flea dirt, or flea feces, an obvious indication that there are fleas present on the pet. Even small bites on yourself, especially around the ankles, might be due to fleas.

Fleas are so common because they are reproductive marvels. A single female flea can lay as many as 30 eggs a day and can live and breed on your pet for up to 100 days. The eggs then fall and land in carpets and upholstery where they can lie dormant for up to 8 months. The best management techniques of flea-proofing your home include regularly vacuuming carpets, furniture, floors and areas where your pet sits or sleeps. You should also wash your pet's bedding, toys, and towels weekly.

The good news is that these problems can be avoided by using parasite preventive products that are available at our hospital. Ask a veterinarian or staff member at Westfield Animal Hospital for which flea or tick product is best-suited for your pet.

Heartworm Disease

Heartworm is a serious, life-threatening disease of dogs and cats. Mosquitoes spread the disease by injecting the parasite into your pet at the time of the bite.

Clinical symptoms of heartworm disease develop very slowly. Often symptoms are not noticeable until several years after the initial infection. Lack of energy and exercise intolerance are early symptoms. Coughing and difficulty breathing are both common symptoms. As the disease progresses, most dogs develop congestive heart failure. Dogs often collapse in the final stage of the disease. In cats, the symptoms of heartworm disease are similar to those of feline asthma. Some cats may exhibit no signs of the disease, while others may suddenly die.

Since heartworm is a serious and deadly disease, pets should be tested annually. In order to perform the test, a small amount of blood needs to be taken. The test for heartworm is very accurate and is a reliable method for diagnosing the disease.

Heartworm prevention is simple. Once-a-month heartworm preventive medication can be administered through chewable treats. Some are combined with other preventive medications. The medical staff at Westfield Animal Hospital can recommend the product that is best suited for your pet.