Why Are Wellness Exams Important for my Pet?
Pets are genetically wired to hide any illness. Through routine wellness exams, preventable diseases like obesity, ear infections and dental disease can be addressed, and early screening for arthritis, diabetes and kidney disease can be performed. The net result of routine wellness exams is early detection and prevention of disease, which means a healthier and longer life for your pet.
How Often Does my Pet Need an Exam?
Depending on the breed and size of the pet, the average pet will age about five to seven years for every human year. That means that the health of a 7-year-old terrier is equivalent to that of a 35-year old human. Because of your pet’s short life span (averaging about 14 years), it is extremely important that your pet receive preventive care at least once per year and twice per year for pets over eight years of age.
What Happens During a Wellness Exam?
There are many steps that occur during your pet’s wellness exam. A history is taken about your pet’s lifestyle. Next, temperature, pulse and respiration (The action of breathing), rates are recorded as well as the your pet’s weight. Then our veterinarian will perform a head-to-tail exam. Your pet’s eyes, ears, mouth, lymph nodes, heart, lungs,abdomen and musculoskeletal system are evaluated and recorded. Our doctors will make a recommendation for your pet’s health. These recommendations could include dental care, nutritional counseling, behavioral advice and pain management. Any needed vaccinations are performed based on your pet’s lifestyle and the duration of immunity of the vaccines. Annual heartworm testing for dogs and intestinal parasite screens for both dogs and cats are performed to prevent zoonotic diseases (transmissible to people) and to prevent illness in your pet. Finally, based on the physical exam and lab work (if performed), recommendations are given to achieve and maintain optimal health for your pet.