Health begins with annual wellness checks. Your pet can't tell us what's wrong. But routine physical exams can help your veterinarian detect any problems or diseases you might not have otherwise picked up on, including heart murmurs, tumors, enlarged organs, cataracts, ear infections, dental and gum disease, skin issues or allergies.
To assess your pet's health, our veterinarian will do a number of things. First, they will take a complete medical history, assess behavior, and review any known medical conditions with you. Then they will conduct a head-to-toe examination and give vaccinations (based upon your pet's lifestyle) and discuss current nutrition recommendations. Wellness labwork will be collected, including parasite testing is also an integral part of the annual exam to make sure that your pet is healthy beyond what the eye can see. These labs include a complete blood cell count to make sure your pet is not anemic and doesn't have any infections, a chemistry panel to make sure organ function is normal (kidney, liver and electrolytes), and parasite testing (heartworms, intestinal parasites and tick-borne diseases) to make sure he is disease free. Last, the doctor will spend time answering all of your questions and going over any new information that is relevant for your fluffy friend.
Plan on arriving on time and spending about half an hour to 45 minutes in these exams. We have a lot to talk about! During the first seven years of your pet's life, we like to see your pet once a year. As they age, and have more health concerns, sometimes needing more care, we like to see your pet at least twice a year.