Pet Wellness Exam From Prospect Veterinary Clinic
While bringing your pet to the vet when they have a problem is important, bringing them in for annual exams can also help with both preventive care and early disease detection. Annual exams may involve some of the following services:
Complete Physical Exam
Complete physical exams are important to be sure that your pet isn't suffering from any underlying medical issues. After obtaining a thorough history, the vet will check your pet's mouth, ears, eyes, heart, lungs, abdomen, skin, fur, joints, and other body parts. It is during this exam that the vet can be alerted to allergies, fleas, diabetes, arthritis, and a variety of other medical problems that need to be treated.
Your pets should have their teeth checked regularly. Plaque buildup and tooth decay can cause your pets to have bad breath. It can also cause pain when they eat, and can even lead to tooth loss. During your pet's annual wellness exam, your veterinarian will check the health of your pet's teeth. If necessary, the vet may recommend an anesthetized dental cleaning to be sure that their gums are healthy and that their teeth stay intact.
During your pet's annual exam, the vet will weigh them. Pet obesity is a serious issue today and it can lead to medical issues such as diabetes and heart disease. If your vet finds that your pet is overweight, they can recommend a diet and exercise regimen to help them get back to a healthy weight.
If your pet is underweight, they could be suffering from an underlying medical condition that is causing weight loss. The sooner the problem is detected, the sooner treatment can begin.
Regular vaccinations are essential to keeping your pet healthy and free of disease. Your pet will get their first vaccinations when they are young and many of these vaccinations require booster shots every year. During your pet's wellness exam, the vet will administer any vaccinations that they are due for.
We recommend monthly use of flea and tick along with heartworm preventive medications. While we primarily use oral products, topical products and collars may be recommended in certain situations. All of these options can be discussed during your pet's annual exam.
Questions and Concerns
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your pet's health or behavior, they can be addressed during their annual wellness check. This will give you peace of mind and the answers that you have been looking for.