Pet Wellness Exam

A complete life is one in which one’s pets run, play, and take part in all of the activities of their family as they develop, evolve, and mature. Homestead Veterinary Hospital’s preventive pet healthcare can extend your pet’s life as fully as possible.

Wellness Exams

My Memaw always said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” We can help you tailor a vaccine schedule to your pet’s risk of exposure. We offer oral flea, tick, and heartworm preventatives to fit any lifestyle and can even ship them right to your home, either as a one-time purchase or a monthly automatic shipment. We screen for heartworm disease, tick-borne illnesses, and intestinal parasites on-site. Additionally, we offer screening to monitor your pet’s kidney, liver, and thyroid function, as well as screening to detect early stages of heart disease.

We are excited to announce we also partner with Animal Cancer Dx, a company based in Raleigh, NC! Using a frozen urine sample, they can detect cancer risk at an early stage, allowing faster intervention and better outcomes. Currently, the test screens for hemangioma, hemangiosarcoma, melanoma, and lymphoma in dogs, but research continues to expand the types of cancer it may be possible to detect. If you’d like to have your pet screened, give us a call to schedule an appointment, or go to

What is Included With a Wellness Exam?

Comparable to a human physical, a pet wellness exam covers all aspects of their health, from the tip of their nose to the tip of their tail. We’ll collect your pet’s history and discuss their lifestyle to better understand possible risks to their health. We’ll then weigh them and take their vitals (temperature, heart rate, and respiratory rate) before the doctor examines all their body systems. We may collect blood, stool, or urine samples to perform diagnostics and may give them vaccinations or prescribe medications. We’ll talk about any lifestyle changes that are recommended and make sure you don’t have any additional questions before concluding the exam.

Why is This So Important?

Our pets can’t communicate if they feel pain or if there’s something wrong. They often mask their symptoms, a trait learned in the wild to help prevent them from being preyed upon. Wellness exams and screenings help identify medical issues before they become a problem, and vaccines and parasite preventatives help keep them from getting sick in the first place. Our medical professionals help identify issues before they become unmanageable. For our pets, preventative medicine can literally be lifesaving.