Canine Health Care
At Lake Worth Animal Hospital, we take good health seriously and believe all dogs should be seen by one of our veterinarians at least once a year. Your dog’s health can change a lot in a year due simply due to routine aging. Stress and genetic conditions also can affect your dog’s health year to year. By examining your dog and discussing their lifestyle and behavior with you, our veterinarians can determine if your dog may have any health issues and catch emerging health problems before they become serious.
An annual visit includes a thorough physical examination, appropriate vaccinations as needed, heartworm and parasite control. We encourage nutrition, weight and behavioral discussions during the annual examination. We are here to answer your questions about any preventive care measures you can use at home to help your dog live a long and healthy life.
- Complete physical exam Bone, Joint and Muscle Examination
- Neurological Evaluation
- Nutrition & Weight Assessment
- Lifestyle & Behavior Consultation
- Dental and Oral Cavity Examination
A visual dental check-up is a routine part of your dog’s physical examination. Healthy teeth and gums are directly linked to your dog’s general health and well-being. Dental disease can lead to the spread of bacteria through the bloodstream, settling in vital organs such as the heart, kidneys and liver and causing serious illness.
Health problems are always easier and less costly to treat when they are detected early.
There are many vaccines available to protect your dog from many diseases. Our philosophy is to use vaccines only for diseases that our patients are at risk of contracting. We follow the Guidelines of the American Animal Hospital Association in choosing our “Core Vaccines.” During your annual visit, your veterinarian will discuss your dog’s lifestyle, and vaccines will be prescribed as needed.
It has always been our goal to recommend only vaccines that are needed for individual dogs, rather than having a one-size-fits-all protocol.