Preventative care is your pet’s first line of defense. Annual exams help by preventing, diagnosing and treating disease in its early stages, often before any noticeable symptoms begin. The earlier treatment starts, the more effective it is, keeping your pet from unnecessary pain and suffering.
Annual wellness checkups are a crucial part of preventative care. Our nose-to-tail exams give us a good picture of your pet’s overall health and alert us to any changes that might have occurred since you pet’s last visit.
We recommend a physical exam at least once per year for adult pets. If you’ve recently adopted or purchased a pet, we advise you to book an appointment for a first examination within the first few weeks of ownership. Young animals are very vulnerable to illness and this will allow us to make sure they have the vaccinations they need, reassure you of their health, and give us a starting point for their medical records.
Your pet’s comprehensive physical examination will include:
- Temperature and weight
- Eyes, ears, and mouth
- Heart and lungs
- Abdomen and skin
- Bones and joints
- Teeth/dental health
- Blood test–establishes health of internal organs and systems, checks for parasites