Pet Wellness Services

Strengthening the Human/Animal Bond

Eastside Veterinary Associates - Kirkland WA - Cat Exam As pet owners ourselves, the veterinarians and staff of Eastside Veterinary Associates truly understand that sharing your home with a pet is an immensely rewarding and satisfying experience. We also believe that the relationship you have developed with your pet is unique and important to you. This is why we have made it our mission to help you nurture and grow that bond through compassionate, comprehensive, and lifelong veterinary care.

An important piece of supporting your bond with your pet, as well as providing the best service to you, is through reviving the lost art of the veterinary house-call. Eastside Veterinary Associates was originally begun as a house-call practice in order to better reach our clients and their pets in Kirkland and surrounding communities. We now have one of the most advanced facilities found anywhere in the Northwest, but still believe that a number of our services can and in some cases should be provided in our clients' homes.

While providing options for where your pet receives medical care is important, the foundation of your pet's health is the practice of preventative care. We recommend routine thorough wellness checkups, proper dental care here and at home, appropriate vaccinations, parasite prevention, microchip identification in case your pet becomes lost and regular screenings for diseases that commonly afflict pets in their senior years.

We also strongly believe that client education and communication are vital aspects of good veterinary care. Our promise to you and the work of caring for your pet does not begin and end at our doors. It is continuous and requires empowering you with the information you need to provide the best and most compassionate homecare for your beloved pet.

Unfortunately, despite the most aggressive preventative treatment, our pets may yet experience a periodic illness or injury. The skill, experience and extensive education of the doctors and staff at Eastside Veterinary Associates allow us to effectively manage complex medical and surgical challenges beyond those typically handled in general veterinary practices.

Our level of expertise and resources reduces the frequency of referrals to expensive specialists, as well. This means our clients' pets can receive necessary medical care from people they know, in a comfortable and familiar setting whether it is at home or in our facility. If a specialist is required for the health and wellbeing of your pet, Eastside Veterinary Associates maintains close, collaborative working relationships with a number of board certified specialists. We will also work with you and act as your advocate with the specialist to ensure your pet receives prompt and appropriate care.

In all, we strive to provide the highest level of service to you and care to your pet in a warm, safe and inviting atmosphere. Please take a look at the services we offer and why we believe they are important for the care of your pet. Then feel free to give us a call at (425) 882-7788 to make an appointment.

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Wellness Exams

A regular physical examination is just as important for your pet as it is for you. Because our pets can't tell us how they really feel, we recommend a complete physical examination at least once a year, though more frequent exams are encouraged.

A routine examination provides your veterinarian with the opportunity to develop a picture of your pet's overall health as well as to spot potential medical issues before they become serious health concerns. It's also an opportunity for you to ask your veterinarian important questions about your pet's health, habits and daily care. We also use this time to inform you about home healthcare for your pet and offer important advice and new information on the care of your particular type and breed of animal.

During your pet's wellness checkup, Eastside Veterinary Associates doctors will:

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, 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 legs. 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, fecal flotation test for intestinal parasites, and a red blood cell count as anemia (decrease in the number of red blood cells) can indicate the presence of a number of disease processes. For pets in their senior years, we also perform a complete blood cell count and a chemistry profile in order to create a baseline of systemic health and to detect any emergent disease processes.

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