Routine wellness exams are an essential component of your pet’s best and longest life. They allow our veterinarians to spot conditions early, before they can impact the health and happiness of your pet long term, and when they are at their most treatable stages.
Healthy animals should have annual wellness exams. Adolescent and senior pets, or pets with a health condition, may need more frequent check-ups due to their unique needs.
During the wellness exam, you can expect us to perform the following procedures:
- Examine the teeth and gums
- Examine the skin and fur
- Feel for lumps or bumps
- Listen to the heart and lungs
- Palpate the abdomen, joints, and lymph nodes to check for healthy function
- Give lots of praise and pats to keep your pet happy!
In addition to a physical examination, we also recommend a yearly fecal test to check for internal parasites and healthy digestion.
If you notice a change in your pet’s typical demeanor, sleeping patterns, eating habits, or any indication they are in pain, we encourage you to schedule a sick visit with us as soon as possible. Often, because animals cannot tell us what is wrong, there is a certain amount of intuition involved for pet owners to suspect their pet may be sick. We believe that it is better safe than sorry!
Sick visits will typically begin with a physical examination. We will also listen closely to your concerns and observations about their potential ailment. Often, further diagnostic testing, such as blood work or a fecal exam, may be necessary to pinpoint the issue for certain.