Wellness Prevention: What does WTVC do to keep your pets healthy?

WTVC takes digital dental x-rays for all our patients

Regular wellness prevention including exams and wellness testing are the most important things you do to insure your pet lives a long, healthy, & pain free life.

Detecting problems early is critical to prevent development of pain or advanced disease, which can make treatment more difficult and costly.

Comprehensive wellness exams/consultations by age & breed specific wellness testing are the backbone of  West Towne Veterinary Center’s existence.

Drs. Lambrecht, Karls & Stading have drawn from the best experts by attending advanced continuing education in the areas of  dentistry, evidence based nutrition & supplements, weight management, vaccinations, and preventing parasitism and flea & tick carried diseases.

There is strong scientific evidence to show that paying attention to these areas of wellness care will improve the quality  & quantity of your pets life–something all pet lovers want.

Many times, cats have underlying issues that we can only see on radiographs

These are the wellness scores we perform as part of every 14 step physical exam.

1) Pets age group ( Puppy, Junior, Adult, Senior, Geriatric)

2) Pain Score 0 to 10

3) Body Condition Score 1 to 9

4) Muscle Condition Score mild to severe

5) Dental Grade 0  to 4

Of course our physical exam/consultation covers all other organ systems and preventative steps but focusing on these 5 helps direct our efforts so we can have the greatest positive impact!


Yearly Wellness Testing is a key component for all pets

After the 14 step physical exam no area has been more helpful to insure wellness than laboratory testing

It is our challenge to pick up hidden problems that our physical exam cannot identify.

This would include urinary infections, kidney disease, liver problems, pancreas and digestive disorders and many others.

Our in house technology and expertly trained staff insures quick, accurate diagnoses.

We also rely heavily on our great local resources of Marshfield Labs, the UW Veterinary School, Michigan State University and Texas A & M veterinary colleges for advanced diagnostic testing.

Wellness testing should begin with baseline testing in the first year or two of adulthood  then be done yearly after age 5 to 7 depending upon breed.

In addition to constant continuing education (both in house and travel based) we follow the guidelines set by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) for vaccinations & senior wellness, the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) for Feline Lifestage Guidelines, the American Heartworm Society (AHWS) for heartworm prevention and the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) for parasite prevention and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) for animal to human disease risks.

The AVMA & AAHA have just released their wellness guidelines for cats & dogs. See more.