Importance of Annual Exams
We all know that preventing disease or catching it in its early stages is far better than treating it once it has had time to progress to a more advanced stage. Preventive health care will help you do just that, and save you and your pet from needless suffering and a larger financial burden. Here are some preventive measures pet parents can take to keep their furry friends healthy.
What is the Annual Physical Exam?
Annual physical exams are recommended for animals, just as they are recommended for humans. If your pet is older or has medical problems, he may need even more frequent examinations. We recommend a physical exam once a year for adult pets and every 6 months for senior pets. Our pets age faster then we do so a year is a long time in a pet's life.
During your pet's annual physical exam, our veterinarians will inspect your pets from nose to tail. Be sure to mention any concerns you may have regarding changes in your pet's behavior or temperament, drinking habits, urination, defecation, and appetite. A change in one of his daily habits may be the first sign of an underlying disease or condition that requires attention or treatment.
Your pet's ears and eyes will be examined for redness, discharge, or itchiness.
Be sure to mention any concerns with your pet's breathing or if he is coughing, sneezing, has nasal discharge, or shortness of breath. Our veterinarians will listen to his heart and lungs during the exam for problems.
Our veterinarians will also examine your pet's coat and skin for hair loss, pigment changes, lumps, itchy spots, excessive shedding, mats, and anal sac problems. Be sure to mention if your pet is chewing or licking on his skin or scooting.
Exercise is an important factor to discuss with our veterinarian. Be sure to discuss how much exercise your pet receives, including how often, what type of exercise, and any changes in your pet's ability to exercise. Mention any problems with limping, weakness, nail problems, or other concerns with his paws and legs.
We also include a complimentary pedicure and if needed anal gland expression at no additional cost at the time of your pets visit.