Wellness Exams: More Than an Ounce of Prevention

It's common knowledge that pets age faster than people... nearly 7 times. Therefore, a pet's annual medical exam could be more essential than a human's annual physical. Our pets may have medical problems for a long time before we realize something is wrong. The annual exam can help our doctors detect medical problems before they become serious or life-threatening.

Senior pets, those seven years of age and older, need more frequent check-ups. We believe that senior pets need to be seen by a veterinarian at least every 6 months.

Here are just some of the areas we check during a wellness exam:

Heart & Lungs - Studies show that 1 in 10 pets have heart disease. Early detection and treatment can prolong a pet's life. Annual health exams often help doctors detect heart disease in its early stages.

Mouth & Teeth - Teeth, gums, tongue and palate will be checked for any abnormalities. Periodontal disease can lead to serious health problems; therefore, the doctor will determine whether a dental procedure is necessary.

Ears - Some pets are susceptible to ear infections. The doctor will check for any suspicious discharge or inflammation.

Skin& Coat - The condition of your pet's skin and coat will be examined, since the condition may indicate presence of health problems. The doctor will also be checking for fleas, ticks, parasites, and any wounds on your pet.<

Eyes - Eye examinations can uncover serious conditions affecting your pet, such as jaundice, anemia or infections. Your pet's eyes will also be examined for signs of glaucoma or ulcers.

Nose - Doctor will check for signs of unusual discharge, changes in size, shape or texture.

Overall Body Assessment - Feel abdomen to check internal organs; assess lymph nodes, joints, and muscles to determine condition.

The wellness exam appointment is also the time for your pet to receive necessary vaccinations. Our doctors determine the appropriate vaccinations for each pet on an individual basis based on lifestyle and risk of encountering infectious disease organisms.