General Health and Wellness

Pet wellness care is one of the most important things you can do for your pet’s health.

Prevention is Key For a Healthy Pet

Prevention is vital to ensure that your pet stays healthy for years to come. Wellness exams enable us to spot any concerns before they become illnesses or problems. As with many diseases and conditions, the earlier they are detected, the better the overall outcome. That’s why it is essential for your pet to be seen on an annual basis for a Wellness exam.

Your pet will receive a comprehensive physical exam, advanced health screenings, and diagnostic tests. We’ll discuss your pet’s diet, exercise, healthy body weight, and assess their overall body condition. You and your veterinarian will use these test results to create a customized wellness plan to help your pet live a long healthy life.

Routine Screening and Lab Testing

Screening helps to detect early signs of disease, which leads to better treatment outcomes if any diseases/conditions are present.

Recommended Routine Screens:

  • Annual Blood Screening (Chemistry, CBC)
  • 4DX – Canine ( Heartworm, Lyme Disease, Anaplasma, Ehrlichia)
  • Fecal Analysis (Intestinal Parasite Screening)

Advanced Diagnostics

We offer a wide range of advanced diagnostics with same day results.

  • Biochemical Screening
  • Complete Blood Counts
  • Urinalysis
  • Skin Cytology
  • Ear Cytology
  • Heartworm Screening
  • Zinc Sulfate Fecal Flotation
  • Lyme Disease, E.Cani, Anaplasma Exposure Screening
  • FeLV / FIV Screening

Dental Exam and Cleaning

Pets with routine dental care live longer, so regular dental exams are important. We’ll address any disease and go over dental care options with you.

Titer Testing

Vaccines are fundamental to good health.

Adult animals that have been vaccinated previously are eligible, in lieu of revaccination, to test their blood for antibody titers instead. We take a blood sample and submit for laboratory testing assessing the current antibody levels. They reflect if your pet has adequate antibody levels to protect them in the face of that particular disease.

The World Small Animal Veterinary Guidelines for vaccinating dogs and cats state that, “The principles of ‘evidence-based veterinary medicine’ suggest that testing for antibody titers can be better than administering vaccine boosters.’” Some dogs and cats maintain antibodies for their entire lives to common diseases they are vaccinated against. Rabies vaccines are in their own category, as it is 100% fatal in pets and humans and regulated by law.

We offer the following Titer tests:


  • DHPP (Distemper)
  • Bordetella (Kennel Cough)
  • Influenza
  • Leptospirosis


  • FVRCP (Distemper)
  • FeLV (Feline Leukemia)

Parasite Prevention

Heartworm disease, fleas, ticks, and intestinal worms are all potential risks to your pet’s health. Additionally, fleas, ticks, and intestinal parasites are potential vectors for zoonotic (a disease that can be potentially transmitted to humans) disease.

Fleas can harbor and potentially transmit tapeworms, Bartonellosis (Cat Scratch Fever), and rarely, the bubonic plague to humans.

Ticks can potentially transmit Lyme, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Ehrlichiosis, Babesiosis, and Anaplasmosis to name a few.

Intestinal parasites such as roundworms, hookworms, and Giardia, are a few examples of intestinal parasites that also have the potential for zoonotic disease. The immunocompromised, the very young, and the esteemed senior are especially at risk.

**Please Consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for all details about potentially zoonotic diseases.

Every pet is different, so pet wellness exams are specifically designed to establish a baseline for your pet’s health. This way, we can find out what is normal for your pet and keep track of any changes. Not only are annual Wellness exams critical to maintaining your pet’s good health, but they also provide a way for our Veterinarians and care teams to establish and expand our relationship with you and your pet.

Our dedicated Veterinarians and care teams at NAVHC appreciates you choosing us for your pets health care – you and your pet are a valued member of our family. If you have any specific concerns or questions during the exam or in between exams, please don’t hesitate to consult with us.