Preventive healthcare for your pet

We all love our pets. They’re part of our family and the love we share with our four-legged friends is like no other.

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to keep them happy and healthy their whole lives? Dogs and cats can’t speak to us in a language we can understand, therefore they can’t tell us when something is wrong. Keeping your pet healthy starts with you and a visit to your veterinary doctor for a wellness exam.

Regular wellness exams can help detect problems in its early stages, which is especially important with older patients. These issues are more likely to be resolved the earlier they are diagnosed, and therefore are much less expensive to treat. It’s also important to understand that some breeds have predisposed conditions and your veterinarian can help you better understand these conditions so that you can provide a healthy environment at home and know what symptoms to watch out for. A typical wellness exam can include a physical exam, vaccinations, blood tests, urinalysis, and a parasite screening. These wellness checks and vaccinations can help prevent life threatening diseases. Without prevention, your pet could become very sick and can be very expensive to treat.

Only a professional can provide a proper evaluation of your furbaby’s overall health. Your veterinarian can offer recommendations for your pet based on their age, sex, and breed. Regular exams can offer suggestions specifically made for your pet’s diet, playtime, and lifestyle based on their health and risk factors.  

How often should I bring my pet in for a exam?

We recommend bringing your pets in once a year for a routine wellness exam. If your pet has a chronic illness or is a senior, they may have to visit more frequently. It is also important to note that you know your pet better than anyone else. If you notice a loss of appetite, lack of energy, or any change in their behavior – please bring your pet in right away!

What do I need to do during the exam?

As mentioned earlier, dogs and cats can’t communicate with humans. Your veterinarian will start the exam by asking you questions about your pet’s lifestyle, diet, and health history. It is important to mention any unusual behavior such as:

excessive urination

excessive drinking of water

excessive panting

eating more or less than usual

vomiting

diarrhea

excessive scratching

coughing

weight gain

difficulty walking, running, or getting up in the morning

The doctor will recommend any additional screenings or tests based on your where you live, your pet’s age, and breed. Core vaccinations for dogs include canine distemper virus, parvovirus, adenovirus, hepatitis, and rabies. Core vaccinations for cats include feline panleukopenia (distemper), feline herpesvirus, calicivirus, and rabies.

Having a healthy pet can provide you peace of mind and a very happy four-legged buddy. Regular wellness exams will allow both you and your pet to live a long life together!