My pet’s perfectly healthy!  Why should I see my veterinarian?

At Northwest Pet Clinic, we believe that a yearly checkup is the best way to keep your pet as healthy as possible – because it’s much easier to prevent disease than to treat it. With regular checkups, our veterinarians can spot problems at their earliest stages, when issues can often be addressed simply and cost effectively. So, whether your dog frolics at the park with all the neighborhood pups, or the closest your cat gets to the great outdoors is a sunny windowsill, every pet needs to see us – at least once a year!

Remember: Pets age faster than we do, so missing even one yearly checkup can be like us not visiting a doctor for over five years!

When you bring your pet to Northwest Pet Clinic for his or her wellness appointment, we will perform a thorough physical examination and discuss our observations and recommendations in the following areas:

Bad breath can lead to more than a ‘no kisses’ policy. We will check for tartar, inflammation and infections that can make your pet sick, and make recommendations for home care or a dental procedure based upon our findings.

The Samples:
Why do we ask for a stool sample? To screen for intestinal parasites, some of which can be transmitted to humans.
Blood work and urinalysis are also recommended to confirm your pet’s organ systems are healthy, check for anemia or infection, and screen for heartworms.

Parasite Prevention:
Our veterinarians recommend monthly heartworm preventative to both prevent infestation of heartworms and intestinal parasites.

Vaccines:
We recommend and provide modern vaccines and updated vaccine protocols, customized to your pets’ lifestyle and needs. Our goal is to keep them safe from disease, while at the same time minimizing risk of side effects and avoiding unnecessary vaccines.