“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is an old adage that holds true for our pets as well.
Annual wellness exams for pets are an important part of any preventative health care program. They allow for early detection of many conditions such as heart disease, dental disease, cataracts, diabetes, arthritis, spinal issues and many others.There have been so many advances in veterinary medicine that many diseases which may have greatly shortened your pet’s lifespan in the past can now be managed (if detected early) so that your pet can live a longer, happier life.
At the time of your pet’s wellness exam our veterinarian will perform a full physical examination of your pet. Some examples of physical exam findings may include: dental disease, weight issues, ear/skin infections, dry eye, heart murmurs, skin tumours, cataracts, painful joints, and flea/tick/tapeworm infestations.
After the physical exam has been completed, our veterinarian will discuss any screening lab work that may be indicated for your pet. The tests that are recommended will be determined by your pet’s age, breed, lifestyle and physical exam findings. Generally, younger animals (less than 7 years of age) need annual wellness exams. Older pets (over 7 years of age) should have wellness exams every 6 months. Pets with potentially serious diseases may need more frequent exams and laboratory testing. Recommended things to bring to your wellness appointment with your pet: