Why Your Pets Annual Wellness Exam Is So Important
Even when your pet seems as healthy and active as usual, it is important to schedule a comprehensive veterinary examination for him/her. That regularly scheduled dog or cat exam can make all the difference in securing your pet’s state of well-being — or reveal lurking issues that might otherwise escape your notice. Many serious issues such as high blood pressure, diabetes, organ dysfunction, thyroid disorders, dental disease, obesity, and cancer may do cumulative damage for quite some time before you see changes that might prompt a vet visit — and by that point, you could be looking at complex treatment challenges.
Regular wellness exams let us catch these issues while they’re still easy to treat. They also provide an opportunity to administer preventative pet care procedures such as vaccination, weight assessments and parasite prevention (which prevents fleas, ticks, and worms from damaging your pet’s health).
What to Expect from a Cat or Dog Exam
Puppies and kittens receive several wellness exams before they reach adulthood, which includes administration of parasite prevention, vaccinations and health education from our talented team.
Your adult pet should receive a wellness exam once every year. We will give him/her a detailed physical exam, discuss any health care concerns and preventative care recommendations, and decide on a vaccination and parasite prevention plan that works for your specific needs. We would be happy to help you formulate a nutrition plan for your pet, and we may recommend lab tests to check for other conditions.
A senior cat or dog exam includes similar steps, but it places an extra emphasis on checking for issues that become more problematic with age, such as diabetes and cancer. Senior pet exams should occur twice a year instead of once a year.
If we notice any health problems that need attention, we will review the treatment options with you and help you get your pet’s health back on track. We can also recommend home pet care practices that can help your pet remain as healthy as possible.
Please see our Resources Tab for our specific vaccination recommendations.