“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
Annual examination is the cornerstone of your pet’s health. The signs of many diseases may be mild or subtle and a thorough physical examination by a veterinarian can help identify hidden problems or concerns. Dental disease is just one example of a potentially hidden disease that your veterinarian may notice that could have great effects on your pet.
Annual examinations are also a great time to educate and develop a relationship for your pet’s best care. Not only is your pet examined, but we can discuss all of the following topics.
- Nutrition and weight management (weight is one of the best early indicators of concern)
- Vaccine developments
- Flea and tick control
- Heartworm risk and prevention
- Risks associated with travel or certain lifestyles
- Behavioral concerns
- Specific risks for your pet based on breed
- Age specific concerns and screening tests
- Dental care and prevention of disease
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One year of our lives is equivalent to five to eight years of a dog or cat's life.
How often should a pet have a routine examination?
Younger pets should be examined at least annually to maintain a valid client patient relationship and ensure they are prepared for a lifetime of health.
For older pets, an annual examination may not be often enough for early detection of age-related concerns; examinations every 6 months may be needed to keep abreast of senior pet changes. Older pets may have concerns with organ function (ie kidney disease), degenerative disease such as arthritis, cancer, and/or thyroid conditions. We may recommend additional testing to ensure your pet’s best health.