We will be closed on Monday, December 25th for the Christmas holiday. Wishing everyone a safe and joyful holiday!

3836 Beaver Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50310 | Mon - Fri 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Sat 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM | Ph: (515) 274-3811
Please Note: First & third Saturday of the month: Open 8 am–12 pm, Second, fourth, & fifth Saturday: Closed

We will be closed on Monday, December 25th for the Christmas holiday. Wishing everyone a safe and joyful holiday!

(515) 274-3811

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Wellness Care

Wellness Care

Wellness exams keep your pet as healthy as possible!

Our pets age faster than people do, so regular wellness exams, combined with your observations at home, are critical to detecting potential health problems early. To ensure the longest and highest quality of life for your dog or cat, bring them to us for a wellness exam at least every six months. We’ll assess their health, environment, lifestyle, age, and medical history to determine what is best for his or her continued good health.

Got a new fur baby? Congratulations! This is a fun and exciting time, and it’s important to get your new little one off on the right paw. We’re here for all your puppy and kitten needs, from advice on behavior and training to what vaccines they need and when. We know you have questions—and we’re here for all of them.

On the other end of the spectrum, senior pets need (and deserve) a little extra care for those golden years. We recommend semi-annual exams for senior pets to allow us to keep on top of any changes that come with aging. Changing nutrition needs, mobility and activity levels, and those inevitable aches and pains are all common issues with older pets. We’ll work with you to devise a care plan that will allow your senior to age in comfort and health.

No matter what their age, your pet’s wellness exam is an opportunity for us to discuss any concerns you have about their health. At Iowa Veterinary Wellness Center, all aspects of a pet’s health and wellness are welcome during these discussions. Topics may range from nutrition, allergies, behavior issues, mobility issues, risk of infections, and any lifestyle or age-related changes. These are all important discussions to keep your pet healthy, and we want to talk about them!  Our knowledge and expertise are at your disposal during your pet’s wellness exam.

Wellness services at Iowa Veterinary Wellness Center include:

  • A comprehensive physical examination of your pet that includes a cardiovascular check, pulmonary/lung check, dental and body/muscle assessment, as well as an evaluation of your pet’s coat, skin, eyes and ears, nose, and throat.
  • Discussions about vaccine status and vaccine titer options (on an as-needed basis).
  • Internal parasite prevention
  • Flea and tick prevention
  • Heartworm test and prevention
  • Dental exams
  • Nutrition and diet evaluation
  • Pet microchipping

In addition to an annual wellness exam, vaccinations, flea and tick control, and dental exams, your pet may benefit from herbal medicines or nutritional supplements, acupuncture, chiropractic care, or therapeutic laser treatments as part of their routine wellness care. If you have any questions about these treatments or whether your dog or cat would benefit from them, please discuss them with us during your pet’s exam.