Pets age faster than humans. Their lives progress more quickly, serious medical conditions do too. Annual pet wellness examinations can help detect serious medical conditions and allowing our veterinarians to treat them before their status becomes unmanageable. In seeing your veterinarian annually, you have the opportunity to discuss your pet’s future health outlook, and ask questions about any existing conditions. Prior to your pet’s wellness examinations, note any severe changes that have occurred with your pet including: vomiting, diarrhea, coughing, weight gain/loss, excessive thirst, or increased aggression. If your pet is experiencing any of these symptoms or has developed any abnormal behavior since their last wellness examination, please inform the veterinarian.
During your pet wellness exam we can perform:
Puppy and kitten exams
Because puppies and kittens have less developed immune systems, they are far more sensitive to disease and parasitic infection. During puppy and kitten wellness examinations, vital statistics are taken and recorded. These include temperature, heart rate, respiration and capillary refill time. Depending on the age of your pet, we might also perform lab work to provide a comparative chart for future visits. We also examine your pet from head-to-tail, checking the vital organs for bloating or pain, and joints for any limited range of motion or discomfort. If you get a new pet, a wellness exam is recommended to detect any existing illness so we could promptly begin treatment.
Adult pet exams
Similar to a younger pet examination, our veterinarians will examine your adult pet from head-to-tail, inspecting all of the central organs, checking joint functioning, and recording vital statistics to ensure normality. If there are any pressing irregularities, lab tests or X-rays might be necessary. During adult exams, it is also a good idea to discuss diet and nutrition, as diet plays a vital role in maintaining good health. Pet owners are encouraged to consult with the veterinarian about their pet’s current diet and eating habits, and discuss healthier options (if any).
Senior pet exams
Senior pets require more care than their youthful counterparts. Because older pets are more able and respond to age-related illnesses, it is recommended that elderly pets receive a wellness examination twice each year, with complete lab work performed once per year. During senior pet exams, our veterinarians take your pet’s vital statistics and perform a complete head-to-tail exam of internal organs and joints, accessing any abnormalities or pain your pet might be exhibiting.
To schedule your pet’s wellness exam, contact our office today!