Preventative Care and Wellness

Because of the lifespan of your pets, we stress the importance of a tailored annual physical examination, or “well-pet” visit. Thorough check-ups and preventative care can detect and alleviate potentially serious health problems. As early detection is important, we offer several screening options with annual visits.

Senior Wellness Programs:

How do you know if your pet is a senior citizen? Cats, small and medium breed dogs are seniors at age 8. Large breed dogs are considered seniors at age 7, giant breeds at age 6. Many times an older pet may not show signs of illness, although their bodies are starting to wear down. For this reason, we emphasize more comprehensive screening for our older patients and we may recommend one of the following wellness plans based on the pet’s age, health status, and history:

  • Systemic bloodwork may include:
    • Serum Chemistry: Evaluates all major organs including liver, kidneys, GI tract, electrolytes.
  • Complete Blood Count: Screens for anemias, infections, leukemias, and clotting abilities.
  • Thyroid testing: Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) is common in older cats, leading to weight loss, extreme hunger, and heart abnormalities
    • Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) is common in older dogs,leading to weight gain, skin abnormalities, and depressed immune system.
  • Urinalysis: Screens for kidney disease, infection, urinary stones/crystals, andother systemic illnesses.

Canine Wellness/Early Detection Plans

Adult/Early Senior Wellness Plan:

  • Comprehensive Physical Examination
  • Serum Chemistry Wellness Screen
  • Complete Blood Count
  • Heartworm test
  • Internal Parasite Examination
  • Immunizations based on exposure risk and history

Senior/Geriatric Wellness Plan:

  • Comprehensive Physical Examination
  • Serum Chemistry Wellness Screen
  • Complete Blood Count
  • Urinalysis
  • Thyroid hormone assessment
  • Heartworm Test
  • Internal Parasite Examination
  • Immunizations based on exposure risk and history

Feline Wellness/Early Detection Plans

Adult/Early Senior Wellness Plan (Ages 5-7)

  • Comprehensive Physical Examination
  • Serum Chemistry Wellness Screen
  • Complete Blood Count
  • Feline Leukemia/Feline Immunodeficiency Virus Testing
  • Heartworm test
  • Internal Parasite Examination
  • Immunizations based on exposure risk and history

Senior/Geriatric Wellness Plan (Ages 8 and older)

  • Comprehensive Physical Examination
  • Serum Chemistry Wellness Screen
  • Complete Blood Count
  • Urinalysis
  • Thyroid hormone assessment
  • Feline Leukemia/Feline Immunodeficiency Virus Testing
  • Heartworm Test
  • Internal Parasite Examination
  • Immunizations based on exposure risk and history

Permanent identification:

The ResQ microchip system can give your pet an additional source of identification in the unfortunate event they are lost, and are useful if your pet is traveling outside the country. To microchip your pet, Merrill Animal Clinic injects a tiny computer chip - about the size of a grain of rice - just under your pet's skin between the shoulder blades. The number on the chip, along with your personal contact information, is then entered into a national database for easy retrieval. Microchips are often injected at the time of spay or neuter.

 


 
 
   
Hours:  
Monday- Friday 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 7:30 am - 1:00 pm
   
Phone: 904 - 744 - 7206

7530 Merrill Road, Jacksonville, FL 32277


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