Society Hill's Wellness Services:
Quality Pet Care in Philadelphia

Society Hill's Wellness ServicesSociety Hill Veterinary Hospital is an American Animal Hospital Association accredited, state-of-the-art veterinary medical facility serving pet owners throughout Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

As medical professionals our training and years of experience have taught us that the best means to protect your pet's wellbeing as well as to minimize the lifetime cost of care to you is through preventative medicine. This not only includes routine wellness exams, vaccines, and more, but promoting responsible pet ownership and providing our clients with pet health-related educational opportunities.

Unfortunately, despite our best efforts we realize our pets may experience illness or injury. For this reason our facility is equipped with advanced diagnostic tools, a modern surgical suite, and other resources necessary for the prompt and effective care of your pet. Additionally, the skill, experience and extensive education of the doctors and staff at Society Hill Veterinary Hospital mean we can effectively manage complex medical and surgical challenges. Additionally, our relationships with veterinary specialists ensure that your pet will receive the prompt and appropriate care of a specialist when necessary.

The quality and compassion of our medical care is further enhanced by the fact that we are a multi-doctor practice where each doctor's area of professional expertise fits together to create an expansive portfolio of veterinary skills. Our medical staff is also eminently able to work collaboratively and is dedicated to remaining current with the latest veterinary techniques and medications. Supporting our veterinarians is a staff of highly skilled and experienced veterinary technicians, patient and client care coordinators, and receptionists.

Please take a moment to look through our services and see why we believe they are important to the health and wellbeing of your pet. Then feel free to call us at (215) 627-5955 today to learn how Society Hill Veterinary Hospital can serve the needs of you and your cherished companions.

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Wellness Exams at Society Hill Veterinary Hospital

Society Hill's Wellness ServicesThe basis of any preventative care regimen is conducting an assessment of your pet's general health at least once each year, although we recommend examinations twice a year for all patients and more frequently for our super senior patients.

Just as you go to your family physician for a checkup, your pet needs to have regular nose-to-tail wellness exams in order to ensure he or she is developing properly, that there are no underlying health issues, and to provide an opportunity for you to air any health concerns you may have with your veterinarian.

Routine wellness exams also provide us with an opportunity to offer age, life-stage, and breed appropriate health care suggestions and advice on home care issues such as diet, parasite prevention, behavior and more. To say the least, client education is a very important part of being a good veterinarian and providing you with the best preventative care possible.

During your pet's wellness checkup, Society Hill Veterinary Hospital doctors will individualize our recommendations to the age, health and lifestyle of the pet as well as the concerns of our client. We will also perform a nose-to-tail exam that includes the following:

Listen to your pet's heart – Early signs of cardiac disease such as heart murmurs and abnormal heart beat patterns known as arrhythmias can be heard through a stethoscope. Discovering these initial indicators of trouble ahead can lead to identifying and treating the underlying condition before it becomes a more serious health threat.

Listen to your pet's lungs – Health issues such as infections, obstructive diseases and other problems can be detected by listening to your pet's lungs through a stethoscope. The doctor can also assess the overall pulmonary health of your pet.

Check your pet's teeth and oral cavity – Examining your pet's teeth and mouth is an important part of preventing dental disease, which is one of the most common health concerns in pets. Very young animals, such as kittens and puppies, also need to be checked to ensure they are developing an appropriate bite and that they are losing their baby teeth at the right time. We also take the time to discuss proper home dental care with you.

Evaluate your pet's vision – All diseases follow relatively predictable processes and if found early can be more easily treated. Ocular conditions, which can also be prevented through regular care and screenings, are no exception.

Look into your pet's ears – As with dental disease, ear disease is relatively common in many types of pets. Issues such as low-grade allergies, infections from swimming or bathing, reactions to certain foods, mites and other parasites can all cause and contribute to otitis or ear disease. Though you may feel this is an area that can be well-handled at home, the fact is that many ear diseases are difficult to detect and require medical treatment.

Palpate the lymph nodes, abdomen and skin – By feeling the skin, we are looking for unusual lumps or swellings as well as evaluating for skin discolorations, lesions or patterns of hair loss or thinning. These can indicate the presence of more systemic problems, especially metabolic diseases, which most commonly occur in middle-aged animals.

Palpate joints and muscles – By examining the joints, legs and other areas of the body, we are able to evaluate for swollen joints, decreased muscle tone and variations in muscle size between the limbs. We also observe your pet's gait for developmental issues. In puppies, we look for early indications of hip or elbow problems. For older pets, we look for signs of arthritis, which can be well-treated if found early.

Lab work – A complete physical includes a heartworm test, parasite screening, and should include Lyme testing and full blood work with complete urine analysis. Not only can a full chemistry panel and complete blood count identify the presence of underlying disease processes, but these tests help create a baseline should your pet become ill between routine examinations. Additionally, blood work is necessary if your veterinarian recommends a dental cleaning, removal of skin masses, or any other procedure that requires anesthesia.

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