Wellness exams give us a chance to evaluate the overall health of your pet while also giving us a baseline for their own unique bodies and tendencies. They also allow us to detect potential problems before they become serious, and even make your pet more familiar with our veterinary clinic, making future visits easier on you and them.
We believe in preventative medicine as the best approach to keeping our pets healthy. This includes annual wellness examinations, vaccinations on a one or three year basis, external and internal parasite prevention, and dietary management.
During a wellness exam, our veterinary team will start out by taking your pet's vital signs. Our veterinarian will perform a comprehensive examination for your pet and may also perform diagnostic tests such as blood work, urinalysis, or parasite tests. Depending on your pet's life stage, vaccines may be administered, as well as disease screenings for heartwork, kidney, liver, blood disorders, and more.
Wellness examinations do not necessarily mean that your pet is going to be subjected to complicated or costly medical tests and treatments. This allows us to prevent major health issues from developing undetected and gives us the opportunity to analyze and record baseline values such as temperature, body condition, and lab work. We measure these when your pet is healthy in order to provide better care in the event of illness or emergency. A dental health exam and a weight check are always important parts of a wellness exam, and may indicate problems that can progress rapidly and have significant impact on your pet's overall health.
Early detection and correction of medical problems will help to ensure that your pet will live a long, healthy, and active life.