Pet Wellness: Why Prevention Means Everything
It’s normal to procrastinate when it comes to scheduling our yearly physicals or biannual dental cleanings, even though we all know the importance of these preventive measures. Our pets also benefit just as much from their regularly scheduled wellness visits, and putting off their check-ups can have unfortunate consequences.
Pet wellness exams are about more than just another round of shots or a chance for us to see your pet’s sweet face (although both are important!). Every time we see your pet, we have the opportunity to catch any health problems that may be brewing, answer your questions regarding your pet’s health, and get to know both of you a little better.
The Pet Wellness Exam Decoded
To provide the best possible care for your furry friend, the typical pet wellness exam addresses the following:
- Physical exam – Your pet’s eyes, ears, nose, mouth, skin, lymph nodes, major organs, and musculoskeletal system will be evaluated for potential issues, with recommendations made if necessary.
- Parasite prevention – Year-round parasite prevention is of the utmost importance for your pet’s well-being. Regular parasite screening is a must, as well as staying on top of which parasite prevention products your pet needs.
- Routine vaccinations – Vaccines are an important part of any pet wellness exam, and are necessary for your pet’s continued health and protection from disease. Your veterinarian will help you determine the appropriate vaccines to meet your pet’s needs.
- Dental care – The majority of pets over age 3 have some form of periodontal disease, which could negatively impact the heart, lungs, liver, and kidneys if left unattended. Annual dental exams, professional dental cleanings, and regular brushing at home are recommended to keep your pet’s mouth healthy.
- Weight and nutrition – Your pet’s diet and exercise habits are significant parts of his or her overall wellness. Weight issues, food allergies, and mobility concerns need to be dealt with in order to prevent future problems.
- Diagnostics – Your veterinarian may recommend further testing, such as blood work, digital X-rays, or ultrasound, for more information about your pet’s health.
Wellness Through the Years
As your pet ages, he or she will need to be seen more frequently to ensure that any age-related issues, such as arthritis, diabetes, heart problems, and more, are detected or closely monitored. We generally recommend that pets begin coming in for checkups twice annually starting around 6 or 7 years of age.
Please contact us to find out more information about pet wellness, or to schedule an appointment for your pet. Since your pets cannot be their own voice, they rely on you for regular checkups & wellness maintenance. We look forward to hearing from you!