Prolong Your Dog's Life

Dog Exam with Dr. Mihalic Pleasant Hills Pet Hospital provides a full range of preventive care services to help your dog live a longer, happier life and to increase the odds of detecting problems early, before they become severe and costly.

Our veterinarians make their annual preventive care recommendations based on the guidelines established by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). We then customize our recommendations based on your dog's hereditary factors, age, medical history and lifestyle.

Annual preventive care for dogs typically includes:

  • At least one annual Physical Examination at which time our veterinarians will take a complete medical history, make nutrition recommendations, assess behavior, and review any known medical conditions. During the exam our doctors will perform a:
    • Ear and Eye Examination
    • Cardiopulmonary (Heart and Lung) analysis
    • Temperature Reading
    • Abdominal Palpation
    • Dental Exam
    • Dermatological Exam
    • Musculoskeletal Evaluation.
  • Vaccines based on your dog's lifestyle and/or breed.
    • The following are part of our core vaccines
      • Rabies
      • Distemper
      • Leptospirosis
      • Lyme
    • The following vaccines are recommended
      • Bordetella (Kennel Cough)
  • Parasite Control Products to control parasites such as heartworms, intestinal parasites (such as round worms), fleas and ticks. Controlling these parasites helps protect your dog and your family members from easily transmitted parasites.
  • Diagnostic Testing is used for early disease screening to help identify any internal issues which cannot be detected during a thorough physical exam.
    • Wellness Bloodwork — A basic blood panel includes internal organ function and red/white blood cell counts.
    • 4DX Test — A blood test that test for Heartworm, and 3 Tick Borne disease: Erhlichiosis, Rocky Mountain Fever, and Babesiosis.
      • 1 out 315 Dogs Test Positive for Heartworm Disease
      • 1 out of 8 Dogs Test Positive for Lyme Disease in PA
    • Fecal Test — Using a stool sample we will check your puppy for intestinal parasites to protect your pet and also your family from intestinal parasites.
      • 1 out of 38 Dogs test Positive for Roundworms
  • Your veterinarian will also discuss other services, such as dental care or microchipping that will benefit your dog's overall health and wellbeing and advise you on any questions you might have regarding your dog’s health.