Regular physical examinations are extremely important to maintain the health of your pet. Routine examinations give your veterinarian an opportunity to develop a picture of your pet’s overall health and establish baseline health measures. Examinations are also essential in spotting problems before they become serious health issues, ensuring the best possible outcome for your pet.
A wellness exam (also known as a physical exam) is an integral aspect of preventative health care for all of your family pets. Pets, both young and old, require wellness exams to maintain and assess their health throughout all their life stages. This is very important to detect potential health concerns that may have gone unrecognized.
During a wellness exam, the veterinary technician will collect information regarding the health of your pet, discuss vaccines, and offer preventative tests such as fecal parasite testing as well as heartworm and tick-borne disease testing. Our technicians will also recommend the flea, tick, and heartworm preventative medications that best suit your pet.
After the technician gathers the information regarding your pet, the veterinarian will do a thorough physical exam from head to tail. During this exam, they will listen to the heart and lungs and check their eyes and ears (if possible). They will look inside your pet’s mouth, looking for abnormalities and dental disease. An examination will then be performed of the skin and hair coat, looking for lumps or growths and detecting weight loss or gain. They will discuss with you their treatment and/or a diagnostic plan if a health concern is detected.
Regular wellness exams are essential to maintaining your pet’s health by early detection of disease processes such a dental disease and other changes that may not be recognized at home.