Pet wellness exams are essentially health checkups for your pet to ensure it is in good health. Prevention is the main focus of wellness exams as well as catching health problems in their early stages, so your pet can get immediate treatment. At Lakeville Animal Hospital, we offer comprehensive wellness exams to pet owners in Lakeville and the Middleborough area. Pet wellness exams are a vital part of your pet’s preventive care.
The Importance of Pet Exams
Your pet cannot tell you when it is sick or developing a health issue. In some cases, you may not know your pet is sick until the advanced stage of a health problem or disease. Through routine pet wellness exams, your veterinarian can keep track of your pet’s health and detect abnormal behaviors or health patterns early. Detecting problems early helps your vet provide immediate treatment so your pet recovers quicker from an illness.
If your pet is in good health, annual checkups are recommended so we can monitor its health. Pets with health issues and senior pets may need more frequent exams, such as twice annually or quarterly, to protect their health. Baby pets need monthly veterinary visits during the first 6 months of their lives, so your veterinarian can administer a series of vaccinations and monitor their growth and development.
What to Expect from a Wellness Exam
During the wellness exam, your vet will review your pet’s medical history, measure its size, take its weight, and check its vitals. This information becomes a part of your pet’s health records for future reference. We will then examine your pet from nose to tail for signs of irregularities.
We will test your pet’s stance and gait and listen to its heart and lungs for symptoms of cardiac or respiratory illness. We will also visually inspect your pet’s mouth and teeth for signs of infection, decay, and periodontal disease. We may take x-rays or perform blood, urine, and fecal tests to verify the health of your pet’s internal organs.
If your pet is due for booster shots, we will update its vaccinations at this time. If you have questions about your pet’s health, diet, exercise habits, or behavior, don’t hesitate to ask. We want you to learn as much as you can about the care of your pet so you can contribute to its overall health and wellness.
Contact Our Veterinarians to Schedule a Pet Wellness Exam
To schedule a wellness exam for your cat or dog, contact Lakeville Animal Hospital to speak with one of our staff members. For your convenience, we serve pet owners in Lakeville and the Middleborough area. Call our team today at (508) 947-1309 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.