The Importance of Pet Wellness Exams
Wellness exams can detect disease in it's earliest stages - when it is most treatable.
Today, most aspects of veterinary medicine are geared toward preventative care. It is our goal to provide pets with the longest and highest quality of life possible.
Many times pets are sicker internally than they let us know. Our goal at ABC Vet Hospital is to provide pets with the longest and highest quality of life possible. A routine wellness exam can identify or prevent medical conditions early before they become major problems.
Conditions such as dental disease, arthritis, allergies and heart disease can be diagnosed early, and many cancers, especially skin cancer, can also be detected. When simple diagnostic lab work is combined with a six month wellness examination, kidney and liver disease, anemia, and other internal problems can be discovered before any clinical symptoms appear. Regular wellness exams and wellness labwork can sometimes prove to be a life saver.
A wellness exam is preventive healthcare for all pets in every stage of life.
During your the wellness exam ABC Vet will review these aspects of your pet's health:
- Physical exam - Complete exam, "nose to tail"
- Blood analysis* - Complete Blood Count (CBC) and chemistry panel to screen for anemia, infection and organ disease.
- Urinalysis* - evaluates how well kidneys are functioning and screens for diseases like diabetes and urinary tract infection.
- Stool sample* - screening for parasites
- Dental health - mouth odors, pain, or other signs of disease
- Breathing - coughing, shortness of breath, sneezing, nasal discharge
- Ears and eyes - discharge, redness or itching
- Feet and legs - limping, weakness, toenail problems
- Coat and skin - any hair loss, pigment changes, lumps, itchy spots, shedding, mats, or anal sac problems
- Urogenital - any discharges, heats, changes in mammary glands, urination difficulties or changes, neutering if it has not already been performed
- Nutrition - including what your dog eats, how often, what supplements and treats are given, and changes in water consumption, weight, or appetite
- Exercise - how much exercise your dog receives including how often and what kind; and any changes in your dog's ability to exercise
- Behavior - any behavior problems such as barking, 'accidents,' or changes in temperament
- Vaccination status
* Indicates diagnostic services that incur an additional fee.
Why pets need wellness exams twice a year
Most of us don’t need a medical checkup more than once a year, but dogs and cats are different. Pets, on average, age up to seven times faster than humans and by age two, most have already reached adulthood. At age four, many pets are entering middle age. By age seven, dogs and cats are considered seniors, and at age ten they enter the geriatric stage of their lives. The bottom line? Taking your dog or cat to the veterinarian once a year is the same as seeing your doctor just once every seven years!
You would not wait seven years to see your doctor or dentist for a checkup. Twice a year wellness exams are a critical part of your pet’s health. Pets, especially cats and certain breeds of dogs are notorious for hiding signs of illness until they are almost at a crisis stage.
Five to Seven Times – Pets age at a rate of five to seven times our aging process, so regular exams are important to your pet’s health and happiness.
CDC Parasite Alert
Especially IMPORTANT if you have children in your home. PARASITIC ZOONOSES are diseases primarily of animals that can be transmitted to people. The growing popularity of cats and dogs and the high rate of parasitic (worm) infections have resulted in widespread soil contamination from infected eggs and larvae. Since children often play outside, they are the most at risk for disease transmission. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends a microscopic fecal examination for each pet every 6 months to check for internal parasites.