Our pets do not tell us if they hurt or something is wrong, so it is especially important to have regular wellness exams. 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. This information will help us identify medical problems and any other issues that can affect your pet's health and quality of life. Remember that for every calendar year, seven years have passed in your pets life, so it is important to get your pet in yearly for their exam with a veterinarian. Click here to learn a little bit more about the importance of senior wellness exams.
A wellness examination includes an evaluation of all of your pet's major organ systems. We'll use the wellness visit 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, such as blood work, that may benefit your pet or to recommend any vaccinations that may be due. If your pet seems healthy, a wellness 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 a wellness examination can help detect early signs of illness and address health issues before they progress. Read here about AAHA preventive guidelines for felines, which we use as guidelines for our wellness exams.
A wellness examination is also your chance to have us address your questions or concerns about your pet. We welcome your questions. No question is too small or too silly, and it is our pleasure to address your concerns. We strive to help you understand your pet's health considerations, and we encourage you to be involved in decisions regarding your pet's health care. This AAHA guidelines for canine wellness exam is good place to start when thinking about your questions you would like us to address about your dog.
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. We love pets that love to come to the vet! Wellness exams are a great way to establish a positive relationship with your pet without all the poking and prodding sometimes associate with illness visits.