Pet Wellness Services

wellness ServicesThe level of care and quality of our medical services represent the very best that modern veterinary medicine has to offer. As medical professionals, we know that preventative care is the best means to protect your pet’s well being as well as to minimize the lifetime cost of care.

We also understand that there is no single cookie cutter approach that will make all pets healthy. We will work with you to understand your pet’s unique health care needs and tailor our preventative care approach to those needs.

In general, though, we recommend regular, thorough wellness exams as well as a balanced vaccination protocol, lost pet microchip ID, specialized veterinary pediatric and senior care, dental services, and more.

Should your pet become ill or injured, Norfolk County Veterinary Service offers state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging and laboratory services, medical therapies and treatments, and surgical services. Our doctors also possess a diverse range of educational and professional experience and are able to work collaboratively to ensure the best outcome for your pet.

Beyond our medical skills and services, we also strive to deliver the highest standards of care while maintaining the best client service possible. Service to you, our clients, is friendly and helpful whether it is from one of our doctors, receptionists or veterinary technicians. We also do all that we can to make providing veterinary care as convenient and available to our clients as possible, which includes house calls for services that don’t require the resources held in our facility.

In all that we do, our hospital and its medical services are designed to protect the health and well being of your pet while also striving to ensure that each visit to our clinic is a pleasant one. We not only want you to view us as a home for the care of your animal companions, but a place you are proud to tell your friends and family about.

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Wellness Physicals

Wellness PhysicalsThe core of any preventative medical regimen is thorough and regular wellness exams. These exams are very similar to those given to you and other members of your family by your physician. Your veterinarian wants to check the health and function of the major systems of your pet’s body as well as for weight, muscle tone, skin, and more.

A nose-to-tail exam is the best means for your veterinarian to periodically assess your pet’s health as well as to notice any changes or detect signs of underlying illness or even injuries. They also provide a great opportunity for you to bring forth any questions or concerns you may have. Your veterinarian will also use this time to provide you with new and updated information that is specific to the type and breed of your pet.

During your pet’s wellness exam, your veterinarian will:


Examine your pet’s respiratory system – By listening to your pet’s lungs with a stethoscope we are able to assess respiratory health and detect a range of health issues at an early stage. These include respiratory infections, obstructive diseases and other pulmonary issues.

Assess your pet’s heart – A stethoscope is also a great tool for assessing the health of your companion’s heart health. Your veterinarian can listen for murmurs and other irregular heart beat patterns that could indicate poor or failing coronary health.

Examine the teeth and oral cavity – The systemic health of your pet can be affected by poor dental health because infections can enter the bloodstream and infect other parts of the body. Dental disease is also one of the most common and preventable health issues in pets.

Check your pet’s vision and eyes – This does not involve an eye chart, but your veterinarian will check for issues related to sight and ocular health. For example, conditions such as glaucoma are relatively common in older pets and can be well treated when discovered early.

Look in the ears – Infections, ear mites, low-grade allergies and other related health issues are relatively common in companion animals. Your veterinarian can use a couple of different tools to look inside the ears to see if there are any indications of ear disease.

Palpate lymph nodes, abdomen and skin – By using the hands to touch and feel for abnormalities such as bumps, lesions or hair loss, your veterinarian can detect dermatological and systemic illnesses.

Palpate joints and muscles – Arthritis and other orthopedic conditions are relatively common and if diagnosed at a later stage can be quite painful and limit your pet’s activity. Early detection will lead to treatments that can relieve pain and provide your pet with many more active years.

Lab testing – Laboratory testing allows us to evaluate the function of internal organs, blood, and other systems. These tests are critical for uncovering underlying disease processes that otherwise would remain unnoticed until they cause serious symptoms in your pet.

Exotic Pets

Exotic pets, otherwise known as pocket pets because of their small size, require specialized veterinary care. We treat rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, gerbils, mice, rats, hedgehogs, turtles, tortoises, and lizards.

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