We believe that regular wellness exams allow our veterinarian to evaluate your pet's general health and become aware of any health problems before they become serious illnesses. So you can enjoy a long, happy and healthy life of your pet.
Routine blood testing, urinalysis (urine testing) and other tests are recommended for all pets in their senior years. It's possible our veterinarian may recommend routine blood testing and urinalysis for younger pets to establish baseline values, which can be used for comparison as pet’s age.
How often does my pet need a wellness exam?
Many aspects of your pet's health can change in a short amount of time, so make sure your pet receives regular checkups.
Similar to people, pets need to visit the veterinarian more often as they get older in order to prevent and treat illnesses that come with age. Healthy dogs and cats should visit the veterinarian once a year for a complete exam and laboratory testing. Healthy senior dogs and cats should receive a wellness exam and lab testing every six months. Depending on your pet's age and health, your veterinarian will suggest an appropriate physical examination schedule to help keep your pet in tip-top shape.
We thoroughly encourage annual wellness visits. Our professional team will evaluate the needs, risks and rewards of each pet individually when recommending vaccination protocols, de-worming regimens, appropriate diets and other important concerns.
Yearly physical exams are important for every dog and cat. Most pets are very very good at hiding their illnesses. This means they may not show physical signs that something is wrong. And it is always easier on your pet to start preventative or early care. This is where physical exams come into play. We want to make sure that your pets are not gaining or losing too much weight, their heart sounds good, take a look at eyes/ears/teeth, make sure all organs all feel/sound normal, and to make sure we are not finding any lumps or bumps.
What can you expect during my pet's wellness examination?
Our veterinarian will generally request a complete history of your pet's health. Don't forget to mention any unusual behavior that you have noticed in your pet, including:
- Eating more or less than usual
- Excessive drinking of water, panting, scratching or urination
- Weight gain or weight loss
Our veterinarian will also want to know about your pet's daily behavior, including his diet, how much water he drinks and his exercise routine. Common questions may be:
Does your pet have trouble getting up in the morning?
Does your pet show signs of weakness or unbalance?
Does your pet show an unwillingness to exercise?
Depending on where you live, your pet's lifestyle and age and other factors, your veterinarian may also ask questions to assess your pet's exposure to fleas, ticks, heartworms and intestinal parasites. It will develop an individualized treatment or preventive plan to address these issues.