Your pet can benefit greatly from regular wellness examinations or check-ups. Usually wellness checks are recommended 1-2 times per year, depending on the age and health of your pet. Whether your pet is a youngster, “senior citizen,” or any age in between, wellness exams provide an excellent opportunity for our doctors to conduct a thorough physical examination and develop a health profile for your pet. This information will help to identify medical problems and any other issues that can affect your pet’s health and quality of life.
A wellness exam includes an evaluation of all of your pet’s major organ systems. You will also be asked questions about your pet’s appetite, behavior, exercise habits, and regular activities at home. This is an excellent time to discuss any routine diagnostic testing that may benefit your pet or to recommend any vaccinations that may be due. Sometimes, information obtained during a wellness exam can help detect early signs of illness and address health issues before they progress.
A wellness exam is also your chance to have us address your questions or concerns about your pet. We strive to help you understand your pet’s health considerations and encourage you to be involved in decisions regarding your pet’s health
Finally, wellness exams help us to establish a relationship with you and your pet. Through your pet’s physical examinations, other wellness procedures, and our consultations with you, we get to know your pet and learn about his or her lifestyle, personality, health risks, home environment, and other important information. We encourage you to use wellness examinations to take an active role in your pet’s health care.