Pet Wellness Services

WellnessWellness Exams

At Bath Animal Hospital, we strive to prevent illness whenever possible. The time and effort invested in wellness programs have significant rewards for both you and your pets. Your pet's wellness program is unique and designed specifically for him or her. This program includes a comprehensive physical exam, internal parasite testing, heartworm and flea control, a vaccination program, and specialized blood tests for all life stages. Prevention is the key to long term health as well as minimizing the lifetime cost of care.

Wellness exams are a chance for us to assess your pet's overall health, discuss any changes we see, and educate and update you on advancements in veterinary care. They also present an opportunity for you to ask questions. We also discuss dental care, nutrition, behavior, diseases and vaccinations. Most of the essential tests we recommend can be done during your pet's regular exam.

Wellness examinations are the same for your pet as the yearly physical you receive from your doctor. During your pet's yearly wellness examination at Bath Animal Hospital, we will:

  • Examine your pet's teeth, throat, and oral cavity
  • Check your pet's vision and examine the eyes
  • Examine the ears for infection, ear mites, allergic reaction and other related health issues
  • Examine the respiratory system
  • Assess your pet's heart and evaluate cardiac function
  • Test your pet's reflexes
  • Palpate lymph nodes and abdomen
  • Inspect the skin
  • Palpate joints and muscles for arthritis and other orthopedic conditions
  • Test to evaluate the function of internal organs and other systems
  • Assess changes in your pet's body weight, appetite, urination and bowel habits
  • Inquire about your pet's activity level
  • Palpate the skin for unusual growth developments
  • Monitor your pet's blood count
  • Utilize laboratory testing to detect early signs of Lyme or Heartworm disease
  • Assess and evaluate general or specific changes in your pet's health since the last wellness visit
  • Discuss preventive techniques with you, the pet owner
  • Collect and examine fecal samples for signs of parasitic infestation
  • Evaluate your pet for repetitive licking or biting in one area
  • Assess your pet's hair/fur and check for matting
  • Demonstrate to you, the pet owner, how to administer at-home medication
  • Engage you in conversation and answer your questions and address your concerns

Most of the tests referenced above can be done during your dog or cat's regular exam.

Deworming and Fecal Check

Dangerous parasites are always present in the environment. Dr. Walsh and his team recommend regular fecal checks and deworming as the best way to prevent parasitic disease and the transmission of intestinal parasites to your pet and your family members.

Blood testingRegular Blood Testing

A complete physical should include a full blood workup. Not only can a chemistry panel and blood count identify the presence of underlying disease processes, but these tests help create a baseline should your pet become ill between regular examinations.

Flea and Tick Borne Disease

Fleas and ticks are virtually everywhere in Maine. Although they're a bigger problem in certain parts of the country and at specific times during the year, fleas and ticks can bother any cat or dog in this area. Fortunately, many safe and highly effective products are available. Fleas and ticks are more than a nuisance; they carry diseases dangerous to both you and your pet. Fleas can transmit tapeworms, and often you can see segments of the tapeworm in your pet's stool.

In our region, ticks can carry a variety of serious illnesses, including Lyme disease. We recommend all dogs be vaccinated against Lyme Disease.

Fleas, ticks and intestinal worms can be avoided by using parasite prevention products that are available at our hospital. When used properly and according to our directions, these products are very safe and effective.

Individualized Flea Control Programs

At Bath Animal Hospital, we develop programs for the specific needs of your pet and your own particular environmental situation. We review with you the best ways to control fleas in your house, in your yard and on your pet.

Parasite Control

For dogs, an annual heartworm test and a biannual fecal examination are recommended as part of the annual wellness examination. We recommend a yearly heartworm test even if your dog is on heartworm preventive medication.

A biannual fecal examination is also an integral part of your cat's annual wellness program. For outdoor cats, an annual feline leukemia virus and feline immunodeficiency virus test is also necessary.

Heartworm Disease

Heartworm disease is a serious, life-threatening disease affecting dogs and cats. Mosquitoes spread the disease by injecting the parasite into your pet at the time of the bite. Clinical symptoms of heartworm disease develop slowly. Lack of energy and exercise intolerance are early symptoms, as are coughing and difficulty breathing. Because heartworm disease is increasing in frequency and is a serious and deadly disease, we recommend that your dog be tested annually. Heartworm disease prevention is simple and effective.

If you would like to have your pet tested for heartworm disease, or if you would like additional information on how best to protect your pet and your family from dangerous parasites, please call Bath Animal Hospital today for an appointment.

Puppy and Kitten CarePuppy and Kitten Care

Bringing a new puppy or kitten into your home is always a wonderful moment for any family. They add energy and fun and are a source of unceasing affection.

However, they also require a little extra attention to ensure they get a good, healthy start at life. This means that comprehensive physical exams at key developmental stages are important as are time and veterinarian-tested advice on housebreaking and training.

Your very first visit to Bath Animal Hospital with your new puppy or kitten is perhaps the most important. These initial visits are where you, Dr. Walsh or Dr. St. Pierre, and your pet first meet and begin to form the relationship that will last for the life of your pet. Therefore, we perform a thorough physical examination on your puppy or kitten, talk with you about concerns you may have, offer health care and training advice, give a free starter kit with coupons and samples, and discuss questions you may have regarding:

  • Diet, including types of food to feed, balancing the diet for clients opting to feed raw or home-prepared diets, and guidelines on feeding intervals and quantities
  • Housetraining
  • Behavior
  • Spaying and neutering – Is this best for my dog? What are the consequences of spaying/neutering too early and what should I expect if I don't want to spay or neuter my dog?
  • If I decide to spay/neuter, when is the best time to have this done?
  • Formulation of individualized vaccine protocol.
  • Pet health insurance. Should I get pet health insurance? What should I look for in a company?
  • Should I get a microchip ID? When is the best time to do this?

A complete physical exam at Bath Animal Hospital includes detection of potential congenital problems and anything else you may want to discuss. This is your new pet and we know you have many questions.

Senior CareGeriatric/Senior Care

By taking the time to learn more about the special needs of your senior aged pet, you've taken the first step toward providing the best care for your friend in its golden years. The entire team at Bath Animal Hospital is proud of the special interest we take in geriatric medicine and chronic disease.

Pets in their senior years – those of about six years of age and older – begin to go through a gradual reduction of their physical capabilities. However, this process can be slowed and managed through proper veterinary care, thereby offering your beloved pet an extended period of vitality and good health. Additionally, preventive care tailored to your pet's age, lifestyle, risk factors and other elements can help prevent common diseases or detect them at early and easily treatable stages.

There is also an important role for you to play as your pet's primary caregiver. While you cannot control age related decline, you can influence your pet's activity level, living conditions, access to quality senior veterinary care, and daily nutrition. With your veterinarian's help, you can manage these factors in order to prolong your pet's good health, vitality, and increase his or her wellbeing, even as his or her pace slows a bit.

Dr. Walsh and Dr. St. Pierre recommend regular dental exams and teeth cleanings for all pets, but especially those in their senior years. Diet and weight gain are also important issues to monitor. When you bring your pet in for a senior wellness examination, your veterinarian will evaluate his or her weight and offer recommendations based on what they see.

Dermatology

If left untreated, skin and allergy-related conditions can fester and become serious health concerns for your pet.

It is important to be able to identify the first signs and symptoms of allergies and dermatological conditions. These include:

  • Inflamed ears
  • Hotspots, especially those that recur
  • Scratching or rubbing the eyes or mouth area
  • Flaking
  • Lesions on the skin
  • Hair loss
  • Red itchy bumps on the skin
  • Asthma-like wheezing or respiratory issues

All of these can indicate a serious dermatological or allergic reaction to fleas, pollen, dust and various foods. If you notice any of these issues, it is important that you bring your pet in for an evaluation. We take time to explain your pet's condition, how to prevent future occurrences and the proper method of treatment.

Internal Medicine

Sometimes one of the frustrations of dealing with a sick pet is that you cannot simply ask what is wrong. That is why advanced veterinary diagnostics are important. When your pet is not well, we need to find out what is happening on the inside. Advanced diagnostics help us identify the problem so that we can develop an effective treatment plan.

Along with advanced training and experience, we make use of the latest technology to diagnose and treat your sick pet.

At Bath Animal Hospital, we cover all areas of internal medicine, including cardiology, ophthalmology, neurology, dermatology, gastroenterology, oncology, and endocrinology, among others.