Regular veterinary exams are essential for your furry friend’s well-being. Pets need regular examinations the same way humans have routine doctor checkups even when they are in good health. With veterinary exams, you learn ways to improve their health and give them a happy life.
What happens during a veterinary exam?
To determine the well-being of your pet, veterinary exams usually involve a series of testing. Our veterinarian begins with a physical assessment of their body. We are looking for bumps, lumps or any abnormalities on the skin. We also make a note of how your pet is developing for their age and breed. To get a better picture of your loyal companion’s health we run blood, urine and imaging tests to detect illnesses. We ask owners a series of questions about their lifestyle, behaviours and diet at home. If there are any issues identified during the exam we provide treatment and make recommendations for adjustments at home.
How often should my pet have a veterinary exam?
From the moment your pet joins your family, you should take them in for their first veterinary exam. After their initial evaluation your pet should have one veterinary exam every year. Pets age much faster than humans and go through a lot of changes in a year. The difference between yearly results gives us a look at your pet’s overall health.
Do puppies/kittens and senior pets need more than one veterinary exam each year?
Yes! Kittens and puppies need three veterinary exams each year. In the first months of their lives, puppies and kittens are very susceptible to illnesses and parasites especially when they are weaned off their mother’s milk.
Senior pets are also at a vulnerable stage in their lives and need special attention. Senior pets need two veterinary exams each year to catch any underlying conditions before they worsen.
To schedule a veterinary exam for your pet call 250.724.4444.