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Wellness Exams

Preventative Health Care.

Preventative health care is essential for the early detection of disease and illness in your pets. This is why we highly recommend annual physical exams and preventative care evaluations for vaccines, parasite control and prevention (fleas, ticks, and worms, etc.). The individual health requirements of dogs and cats may change greatly with each year. Our veterinarians are here to formulate a treatment and preventative health plan that is personalized to your pet’s current state of health during your annual visits.

Infectious, and life-threatening diseases are easily preventable with the appropriate vaccines that serve to boost your pet’s immunity. Such diseases include: rabies, Bordetella, canine distemper, canine parvovirus, canine infectious hepatitis (adenovirus), feline herpes virus, feline calicivirus, feline panleukopenia, and more. Your veterinarian can make vaccine recommendations that are tailored appropriately for your pets depending on their life-stage and risks of contracting these diseases. We also offer vaccine titers, which is a blood test to determine the level of your pet’s immunity to certain diseases. We encourage you to speak with our veterinarians about which vaccines are appropriate for your pet.

Parasite Control & Prevention

Dogs and cats are susceptible to several very common internal parasites. Annual fecal tests are recommended even for “indoor only” pets. Parasite prevention not only protects your pets but also you and your family as some of these parasite may be contagious to people. These parasites are easily treated by medications prescribed by our veterinarians. Many are also easily and safely preventable with topical treatments and oral preventive medications.

We carry the latest, most effective, yet extremely safe flea control and heartworm preventative products including: Comfortis®, Trifexis®, Nexgard®, Heartgard®, Activyl®, Capstar®, Sentinel, ® and Revolution®. Use caution when purchasing flea and parasite prevention products that are sold over-the-counter at pet stores and supply retailers as they may not be effective and may cause serious side effects to your pets. Our products are guaranteed by the manufacturers to be effective and safe when used appropriately and under the guidance of your veterinarian.

Nutrition & Dietary Recommendations.

We will provide guidance regarding your pet's nutritional needs for each life stage, including dietary requirements for growth, weight maintenance and performance. In some cases, your pet may need specially formulated prescription diets for certain illnesses such as diabetes, liver or kidney disease, skin allergies, urinary stones/crystals, joint disease, thyroid disease, gastrointestinal disease, and for weight management. These prescription diets, as compared to retail brands, are research-based, scientifically formulated and tested to provide nutritional support for your pet’s medical needs.

Behavior Counseling.

We can provide advice regarding the correction of problems such as excessive barking, chewing, spraying, scratching, digging, house soiling, separation anxiety, and aggression. It is important for your veterinarian to first rule out medical conditions that may be linked to or causing behavioral problems. We also can refer you to a board-certified veterinary behaviorist and/or experienced pet trainer.

Senior Wellness & Chronic Health Issues.

As your pets enter their “golden years” your veterinarians at Governor Animal Clinic offer comprehensive diagnostics work ups to screen for internal diseases and cancers with blood work, urine tests, x-rays, and ultrasound exams. Early detection is key in managing chronic diseases of our senior pets. Our philosophy is that none of our patients should suffer from pain or discomfort. Chronic conditions such as arthritis may be managed with a multi-modal approach using anti-inflammatory medications, pain medications, and even laser therapy to relieve pain and inflammation. We also offer a variety of supplements such as glucosamine and chondroitin, omega-3 fatty acids, and neutraceutical products from Standard Process ®.

Twice a Year Wellness Exams

Governor Animal Clinic Helps Dog and Cat Owners Learn About Pet Wellness

San Diego, CA- To help dog and cat owners learn about the pet aging process and the importance of twice-a-year wellness exams, Governor Animal Clinic is participating in National Pet Wellness Month, a clinic-focused educational campaign sponsored by the American Veterinary Medical Association and Fort Dodge Animal Health. The campaign provides a wide variety of educational materials to veterinarians and clinic staff to assist them in discussions with pet owners.

"Pets age seven times faster, on average, than people," said Dr. Kirk Feinberg of Governor Animal Clinic. "What many people don't realize is that because pets age so rapidly major health changes can occur in a short amount of time. Twice-a-year wellness exams provide the opportunity for early detection, treatment or prevention of potentially life-threatening conditions."

The goals of twice-a-year wellness exams are to prevent or minimize disease or injury, enhance quality of life, and maximize longevity. Quite often, routine screenings help identify potentially serious problems like liver disease, diabetes, heartworm disease, kidney disease and thyroid issues. Then, the veterinarian can make recommendations to the owner, and possibly make a real difference in longevity.

"Pet owners are strongly encouraged to a schedule that includes twice-a-year wellness exams," said Dr. Feinberg. "The sooner a veterinarian can detect a problem, the more likely they can take care of it."

For more information about the pet aging process and twice-a-year wellness exams, you can contact Governor Animal Clinic at 858-453-6312.

C. Kirk Feinberg, D.V.M.

Signs Your Pet Needs To Be Examined By Your Veterinarian ...

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Unintended weight loss
  • Change in appetite
  • Changes in activity (lethargic, hyperactive, restless)
  • Limping
  • Painful when picked up or touched
  • Disoriented
  • Seizures, loss of consciousness or collapse
  • Coughing or labored breathing
  • Panting (during inappropriate times for dogs, anytime for cats)
  • Pale or blue tinged color to tongue or gums
  • Excessive drooling
  • Foul odor
  • Straining in the litter box, change in urination (location, frequency, amount, color or smell), crying out when urinating
  • Bloated abdomen
  • Excessive sneezing
  • Nose-bleed or bruising anywhere on body
  • Hair loss
  • Runny eyes, squinting
  • Any abnormal behavior