One of the most important aspects of keeping your pets happy and healthy is to ensure they have their annual wellness exams. Whether your pet is a youngster, adult, or senior, these exams allow the veterinarian and staff to assess and maintain your pet’s health by keeping up to date on vaccines, identifying any new health issues, or keeping old health issues in check.
The annual examination includes an evaluation of all of your pet’s major organ systems. We’ll use this time to ask you questions about your pet’s behavior, appetite, exercise habits, and regular activities at home. This is also an excellent time for us to discuss any routine diagnostic testing that may benefit your pet or to recommend any vaccinations that may be due. If your pet seems healthy, an annual examination is a good opportunity to note any changes, such as weight gain or loss or other subtle changes that may not be evident at home. Sometimes, information obtained during the annual examination can help detect early signs of illness and address health issues before they progress.
Your pet’s annual exam is also a good time to talk to your veterinarian about any concerns or questions you may have regarding your pet’s health. It is the goal of our staff to ensure that any questions you may have are answered as best as possible and to address any concerns you may have to the fullest extent.
Finally, wellness examinations help us establish a relationship with you and your pet. Through your pet’s physical examinations, other wellness procedures, and our consultations with you, we get to know your pet and learn about his or her lifestyle, personality, health risks, home environment, and other important information. We encourage you to use wellness examinations to take an active role in your pet’s health care.