Annual Wellness Exams
Pets often become the center of your family, providing companionship, comfort, and love. As animal lovers ourselves, we completely understand. At Mesa, we believe that preventative medicine is the key to the ongoing health and happiness of your pet. As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!
Annual wellness visits give our doctors the opportunity to reconnect with you and your pet. A full physical exam allows our doctors to identify any health conditions that your pet may have developed since the last time we saw them. During your pet's annual wellness visit we will perform a full exam, update necessary vaccinations, and spend time talking with you about your pet – our favorite topic!
Wellness exams will assess:
- Temperature, pulse, and respiration
- Eyes and ears
- Skin and hair coat
- Heart and lungs
- Vaccinations (when necessary)
- Labwork (when necessary)
Our vets often use yummy treats like turkey baby food to make unfamiliar visits fun and rewarding. Helping your pet have a positive experience reduces their anxiety in the clinical environment and encourages them to bond with our doctors and staff.
Customized Life Stages
Your pets' needs change over their lifetimes, and so does our approach to their veterinary care. Our hospital has established a Wellness Program that focuses on the Life Stages your pet will progress through: Juvenile, Adult, Senior and Geriatric. You can use our Life Stage Chart to identify the proper life stage of your pet based on its age and weight. Our goal is to provide you with the knowledge and tools necessary to ensure that your pet has the longest and healthiest life possible.
The Juvenile Pet
Juvenile pets are still finding their way in the world and are learning new things every day. They also face age-specific health and behavioral issues, two areas where we can provide gentle guidance when requested. We send our new pet parents home with a wealth of information in our puppy and kitten packs! These packs are hand-assembled by our team and are a great resource to use at home.
For the juvenile pet, we focus on:
- Puppy and kitten vaccination and exam schedules
- Feline Leukemia/FIV testing
- Heartworm prevention
- Potty training tips and support
- Behavioral modification
- Spay and neuter information
The Adult Pet
In the adult stage, your pet is fully developed physically and they are considered to be at their peak. This is the best time to establish what is normal for your particular animal. At this stage, we focus on keeping your pet on track with important preventative care and vaccinations.
For the adult pet, we discuss:
- Annual wellness exams
- Heartworm prevention
- Dental Care
- Bloodwork and Urinalysis
The Senior Pet
When your pet achieves senior status, usually around the age of seven, we focus on early detection and prevention of disease. Our pets age more rapidly than we do, anywhere from 4-7 years per calendar year. For our senior patients, bi-annual visits allow us to closely monitor your pet as they age. During a senior visit we perform a full physical exam, discuss any symptoms of pain or issues with mobility, and also discuss vision and hearing. Our goal is to monitor our senior patients closely so that we can address health issues at the earliest stage in the disease process. Timely and consistent care helps to ensure that your pet remains active, comfortable, and healthy as they age.
For the senior pet, we focus on:
- Bi-annual senior exams
- Heartworm Prevention
- Dental Care
- Blood Work and Urinalysis - we recommend lab work be performed every year in the senior stage as routine testing helps to detect problems that cannot be found on physical examination
Canine and Feline Vaccinations
To prevent common illnesses and ensure your pet’s quality of life, we follow the vaccine recommendations of the American Animal Hospital Association and American Association of Feline Practitioners. Non-core vaccinations will be discussed with you and are given based on your pet’s unique lifestyle.
Adult Canine Vaccines
- Rabies – every three years
- Distemper, adenovirus, parainfluenza, parvovirus – every three years
- Leptospirosis – every year
- Bordetella (for at-risk patients) – every year
Adult Feline Vaccines
- Rabies – every three years
- Feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, panleukopenia – every three years
- Feline leukemia virus (for at-risk patients) – every year
Our clients play a huge role in their pet's health. We can provide additional resources for those interested in learning more about canine and feline vaccinations.
Animal Behavioral Medicine
At our Golden animal clinic, we want you and your pet to live happily and harmoniously at home. Because behavior problems are the number one reason why people surrender their pets, addressing these issues early can make all of the difference between a rewarding relationship and a frustrating one.
Whether you have a new juvenile pet or you adopted an adult companion from a shelter, common issues such as house-breaking, chewing, aggression, marking, separation anxiety, submissive urination, and other unwanted behaviors are manageable with the support of an experienced animal behaviorist.
Animal Pain Management
Pets can’t tell us when they hurt, but our experienced veterinarians are trained to recognize the subtle signs that your pet is suffering. If we notice potentially painful areas during our physical exam, we will discuss various treatment options so that we can minimize pain and help your best friend enjoy life.
Avoid Lost Pets with Microchip Placement
Having a lost pet is perhaps one of the most stressful experiences a pet owner can have. Microchips can reduce the trauma by linking you back to your pet quickly.
Microchips are small identifying devices placed underneath the pet’s skin between the shoulders. They contain no power source of their own and are activated with a scanner used by animal shelters and veterinary hospitals nationwide.
We offer microchip placement services and will often register the chip the first time at no charge. If a microchip is never registered, there is no way of associating the pet owner to the microchip that was placed. Deciding to have a microchip placed and keeping up with registration dramatically improves your chances of being reunited with your pet if they ever escape or get lost.
We Warmly Welcome Your Pets
Whether you have a dog, cat, hamster, lizard, bird, guinea pig, turtle, or hedgehog, your pet will receive high-quality, comprehensive medical care at Mesa Veterinary Hospital. Our modern animal hospital proudly serves Applewood, Lakewood, Golden, West Denver, Wheat Ridge, and the surrounding areas. We look forward to welcoming you and your pet to our veterinary practice.