Routine, annual visits to your veterinarian can maximize your pet’s quality of life and life expectancy, minimize your costs of diagnosing and treating medical and behavioral problems, and give you the peace of mind that you are doing all you can for your pet’s good health.
Examinations are performed during vaccination appointments, as well as on an annual basis, to assess your pet for potential physical, dental and behavioral problems.
Wellness blood testing also should be performed as part of an annual exam. This will help your veterinarian detect problems early to help your pet live a longer, happier life. Blood test results can also identify any increasing or decreasing trends in disease.
During an annual exam, the veterinarian will ask questions about changes you have observed in your pet’s health over the last year.
Seeing the animal year-to-year and knowing what their “healthy” state is like will allow our veterinarians to be able to catch potential problems early, or offer tips on how to prevent any health issues your pet may be prone to.
Your pet “ages” a lot faster than you do - for every one human year, your pet ages the equivalent of approximately seven years. This makes it even more important to see the vet frequently. Think of all the health problems that could pop up in your life if you didn’t have a wellness checkup for seven years!
A thorough routine physical examination checks every major body organ and system:
- Eyes will be checked for redness, cloudiness or discharge that could indicate a problem.
- Your pet’s ear canals will be examined for signs of an ear problem or infection including debris, growths, waxy buildup or trauma caused by scratching.
- The mouth will be examined for signs of dental disease or broken or missing teeth.
- Your vet will listen to your pet’s heart and lungs and check for any abnormalities.
- The abdomen will be felt for signs of discomfort and to ensure major organs are the right size and shape.
- Major muscles, bones and weight will be reviewed.
- Your vet will check all your pet’s “lumps and bumps.”