Pet Wellness Exams & Laser Surgery in St. Petersburg, Florida

Our animal hospital staff in St. Petersburg, Florida, keeps your animals happy and healthy with pet wellness exams and laser surgery. At Pasadena Veterinary Hospital & Laser Center, we customize care according to your pet's physical condition.

Wellness Exams

Your pet's complete health care involves several important procedures. Obtaining a complete and through history of your pets activity and behavior is important. A complete physical examination is also a vital component of pet care. Regardless of age, all pets can benefit from routing blood testing. Dogs and cats age much faster than humans and their organ systems also age at a much faster rate.

As animals age, they are prone to many of the same diseases as humans, diabetes, kidney, liver disease and heart disease, cancer, hypothyroidism (low thyroid hormone level) and hyperthyroidism (high thyroid hormone level). As a preventive measure, we recommend blood testing at least every year, and more frequently as your pet ages.
 
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A wellness examination includes an evaluation of all of your pet's major organ systems. We'll use the wellness visit to ask you questions about your pet's behavior, appetite, exercise habits, and regular activities at home.
This is also an excellent time for us to discuss any routine diagnostic testing that may benefit your pet or to recommend any vaccinations that may be due. If your pet seems healthy, a wellness examination is a good opportunity to note any changes, such as weight gain or loss or other subtle changes that may not be evident at home. Sometimes information obtained during a wellness examination can help detect early signs of illness and address health issues before they progress.
A wellness examination is also your chance to have us address your questions or concerns about your pet. We welcome your questions. No question is too small or too silly, and it is our pleasure to address your concerns. We strive to help you understand your pet's health considerations, and we encourage you to be involved in decisions regarding your pet's health care.
Finally, wellness examinations help us establish a relationship with you and your pet. Through your pet's physical examinations, other wellness procedures, and our consultations with you, we get to know your pet and learn about his or her lifestyle, personality, health risks, home environment, and other important information. We encourage you to use wellness examinations to take an active role in your pet's health care.

Frequently Asked Questions

When is blood work necessary?
  • Sick and emergency situations. Blood work provides you with a valuable picture of your pets health and is often the first step when pets are brought in to a clinic because they are sick or in an emergency situation. It helps the veterinary staff make immediate decisions, so they can quickly help your pet.
  • Preanesthetic testing. Blood work is routinely done prior to your pets surgery, dentistry, or other procedures that require anesthesia. It lets the veterinary staff know if anesthesia is safe for your pet and allows them to make adjustments if they see anything abnormal. This blood work is often performed the same day as anesthesia is scheduled, making it easy for you and your pet because it eliminates the need to have your pet fast more than once and reduces the number of trips your need to make to the hospital.
  • Preventative care screening. Because the signs that your pet is sick are not always obvious, preventive care testing is often recommended as part of your pet's annual exam. Preventive care screening not only uncovers disease before it's too late, but can also help you avoid significant medical expenses and risks to your pet's health.
  • Medication monitoring. Some medications can have side effects. Periodic blood work while your pet is being treated can find these problems early and allow your veterinarian to make necessary changes. With other medications, blood tests are needed to ensure that the dosage is appropriate.
 

Senior Wellness

With extensive knowledge of your pet's health, habits and future needs, your veterinarian is in the unique position of being able to help your pet live a long, full life. Regular preventative and diagnostic examinations can improve your pet's chances of avoiding problems that are common in older animals, especially when combined with appropriate exercise.

7th Year Health Check

 
Because pets enter their mature years around the age of seven, some veterinarians offer special screening examination designed to look for those diseases and conditions that are more common in older pets.

The 7th Year Health Check includes an assessment of your pet's medical history to see if any risk patterns exist. The check also may include exercise suggestions, nutritional recommendations and screenings for:

  • Urinary Tract Disease
  • Kidney Disease
  • Heart Disease
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Skin Conditions
  • Obesity
 
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Laser Surgery

In our continuing efforts to offer the highest quality veterinary medicine, we are pleased to provide a wide range of surgical services for our patients. From routine surgical procedures, such as spaying and neutering, to more complex surgeries, we look forward to the opportunity to care for your pet's surgical needs.
Our staff is highly skilled in performing veterinary surgeries and will make every effort to ensure that your pet receives the very best care. Our focus on patient safety, pain management, and employing the most current surgical practices is designed to exceed your expectations and put your concerns to rest.
Our staff of compassionate, caring professionals will monitor your pet before, during, and after surgery and will take exceptional care to ensure a safe and complete recovery for your pet. We will also address any questions or concerns you may have about surgery, including concerns about anesthesia, pain management, or postoperative care.
When your pet is ready to go home, we will review your postoperative care and medication instructions. If any questions arise after your pet returns home or at any other time during the postoperative period, call us. We welcome your questions and will do all we can to help your pet recover fully. Help is only a phone call away.
Surgery can be a source of anxiety and stress for many pet owners. Maybe you worry about whether your pet will be well cared for, or perhaps you have concerns about adequate precautions and monitoring. Let us address your concerns. Whether your pet needs minor surgery or a complex procedure, call us. Let's discuss how our surgical services can benefit your pet.
 

Schedule an appointment at our animal hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida, to identify any problems with your pet's health.