A Clean Bill of Health: The Importance of Regular Pet Wellness Exams
We know that we’ll probably outlive our pets, and it’s this fact that helps us walk alongside them for as long as possible. Thanks in part to modern veterinary research and medicine, however, pets are living longer than ever. Instead of managing health problems after they develop, it’s now recommended that a pet be seen for routine examinations and diagnostics to prevent health problems. The result of supporting general pet wellness every 6 months? Pets and their owners get more of what they’ve always wanted: extra time together.
Younger pets need a bit more help in the beginning. To be sure, establishing the foundation of lifelong health is more successful when it’s done early on (it also helps with the creation of a positive vet experience during the sensitive period of development). We address vaccinations, microchipping, spaying or neutering, and parasite prevention, but we also take on behavioral needs, nutrition, lifestyle, dental care, and exercise.
The health of puppies and kittens is sustained through regular visits, and the average is twice a year.
Don’t Forget Senior Pets!
The life spans of the pets we know and love are compressed, and they age faster than we do. Because of this, age-related illnesses can begin to emerge around the age of 7. When we see your pet twice a year, we’re given the important opportunity to slow the progression of illness – or provide treatment early enough to cure it.
Pet Wellness Every 6 Months
When your pet has access to veterinary support every 6 months, he or she receives the most advanced care possible. Vaccination boosters never lapse, diagnostics are taken to compare to the last visit (which can be very helpful in detecting developing illness), dental care is maintained, and any attention to weight changes or nutrition are part of the continuing conversation.
The Difference is Obvious
A typical pet wellness exam usually involves:
- Physical exam, head to tail
- Vaccinations or boosters
- Lab work
- A check for periodontal disease or tooth decay
- Parasite prevention guidelines
- Nutritional guidelines and ideal weight
- Exercise recommendations
- Behavioral concerns
We encourage pet owners to bring any notes they’ve taken between visits. Daily observations can add a great deal of context to possible health challenges, and we always take the time to answer any questions about your pet’s health.
Without regular pet wellness exams, common problems can sneak up on you. Chronic or life-threatening illnesses such as liver disease, kidney disease, cancer, and diabetes can develop without many obvious signs. Since your cat or dog can’t tell you when they feel sick or are in pain, it’s critical to provide access to routine check-ups.
If we can assist you with any questions or concerns related to pet wellness, our staff is always here for you.