Your pet can benefit greatly from regular wellness examinations or checkups. Whether your pet is a youngster, a "senior citizen", or any age in-between, wellness examinations provide an excellent opportunity for us to conduct a thorough physical examination and develop a health profile for your pet.
Sometimes, information obtained during a wellness examination can help us detect early signs of illness and address those issues before they progress. Don't wait, give us a call today!
What does a typical exam look like?
- A nose to tail exam (looking at eyes & ears, checking teeth, listening to the heart and lungs, feeling for lumps and bumps, palpating the abdomen, etc.)
- Discuss issues/concerns that you as the pet parent may have
- Discuss nutrition and make diet recommendations
- Laboratory testing to check organ function (CBC, Chemistry Panel, Heartworm/Lyme testing, Urine/Fecal testing)
- Parasite Prevention
- Vaccinations (iff needed)
Puppy & Kitten Exams
The first puppy or kitten exam is usually at 6 - 8 weeks of age. Regardless of when you adopted your new family member and their age, we recommend examining them soon after you bring them home to make sure they are healthy. Puppies and kittens are usually seen every 3 - 4 weeks until they are about 16 - 20 weeks of age to obtain all of their booster vaccinations. We highly recommend testing a fecal sample to check for intestinal parasites since these are commonly seen in our very young patients. Your new puppy or kitten can also be started on parasite prevention as early as 8 weeks of age.
Did you know that your pet is considered a "senior" at the age of 7? Our pets age much faster than we do, and that is why we recommend seeing your senior pet every 6 months. As they age, they can develop health issues, and most commonly arthritis. By examining them twice a year, we have a better opportunity to find health issues sooner and begin treatment to help keep them comfortable and happy.