Yearly pet exams are a vital step in maintaining your pets health. A wellness exam should be carried out at least once a year and sooner if you have any concerns. More regular exams should be scheduled for senior pets, adolescent pets and pets with specific health issues, such as obesity.
Regular pet examinations allow us to ensure your pet is healthy and happy, it also gives us the opportunity to catch any issues early on, when they are at there most treatable. It is important to have your pet examined even when there are no obvious signs of sickness. Pets can be quite good at hiding illness, you can never know what is going on underneath the surface without some routine tests! While the physical exam is extremely important and informative, we also aim to check blood work and perform a fecal exam for the yearly check up.
Procedures that you can expect during your pet’s wellness exam:
Checking the body for unusual lumps
Palpating the abdomen checking for painful areas and/or growths or tumors
Observation of alertness and response
Listening to the heart and lungs
Examining the eyes
Examining the teeth and gums
Checking the central nervous system
Checking and cleaning the ears, treating if required
Checking joints and mobility
Checking skin and coat condition
Checking urinary and reproductive systems
Other tests that your pet may be given include:
Blood parasite screening, otherwise known as heartworm testing.
Check for the presence of internal parasites such as hookworms, roundworms and whipworms via fecal testing.
Blood work tests allow a veterinarian to get a comprehensive assessment of your pets’ health. Blood work also allows us to screen for infection or disease that may not otherwise be detected through a physical examination.
During the examination, we will do everything we can to make sure your pet feels as comfortable and relaxed as possible, including petting, sweet-talking, and treat-giving. We understand that trips to your vet can seem like traumatic experiences for our pets, but there is no need for this to be the case!