Bringing your pet in for an annual diagnostic and wellness checkup can not only reassure you that your dog or cat is healthy but can allow us to detect hidden conditions or diseases for which your pet may be at risk. Early detection can improve the prognosis of many diseases, keep medical costs down and help your pet live longer. Many dogs and cats are good at hiding signs that something is wrong, so subtle changes in their health or behavior might be easy to overlook. And, depending on the disease, some pets don’t show any symptoms.
Dogs and cats age much quicker than humans, so it is even more crucial for our companion animals to receive regular exams. In addition, the risks of arthritis, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, hormone disorders, kidney and liver disease all increase with age.
During your pet’s wellness exam, we will perform a physical assessment, checking your dog or cat from nose to tail. We will also make sure your pet receives appropriate vaccinations and preventives. We may recommend performing some diagnostic tests, such as blood, fecal and urine tests to check for parasites and underlying diseases. We may also recommend that your pet receive dental care if needed.
It is a common misperception that seemingly healthy indoor cats do not need yearly visits to the veterinarian. Nothing could be further from the truth, as cats are masters at hiding symptoms of disease. Being an indoor cat may only reduce its chances of being exposed to a contagious infectious disease but does nothing to reduce its likelihood of developing any of the other diseases that afflict cats.
Because you spend the most time with your pet, you are your pet’s expert as well as his or her greatest advocate. Please let us know if you’ve noticed any physical or behavioral changes in your pet as well as any other concerns you might have.
If you have any questions, we would be happy to discuss our adult wellness program in more detail. Contact us today to schedule your pet’s exam!