What is Included in a Pet’s Wellness Exam?
We recommend an annual wellness exam for your four-legged family member, because they age rapidly and can experience many changes in a seemingly short amount of time. Additionally, cats, dogs, and pocket pets are good at concealing illness. Therefore, it’s up to our veterinary team to look for subtle cues and help you figure out if your pet has a problem, and what it might be.
Routine pet wellness exams generally include:
- A complete physical examination in which we check your pet’s heart, lungs, temperature and weight, along with their eyes, ears, nose, mouth, joints, and skin
- Vaccine boosters
- A diagnostic workup that includes blood and fecal testing so we can check for parasites and other issues
- Deworming (if we find evidence of worms in your pet’s stool)
- Finding solutions to any current health problems your pet might have, and discussing alternative treatment options
The wellness exam is also a time for us to answer any questions you have about your pet’s health, behavior, and any unusual physical changes you might have observed at home. You may want to come to your pet’s exam with a list of things you’d like to talk about, so we can be sure to cover everything!