Categories: Infectious Diseases, Wellness & Care
Prevent and Detect Illnesses with Annual Wellness Exams and Screenings
Annual Exams Keep Your Pet Healthy
A new season of annual wellness exams are just around the corner. An annual exam is a critical part of the continued health and happiness of your dog, cat or other furry family friend. A pet wellness exam and essential health screenings establishes the necessary baseline of what is considered healthy for your pet so that at any point in the future, a vet can look back and do a comprehensive comparison.
Your veterinarian will be performing a full nose-to-tail physical exam. They will look and feel for any abnormalities in your pet, which may include unusual bumps, hair loss or lumps. Your vet will inspect eyes, ears and the mouth of your pet. They will also likely use a stethoscope to listen to your pet’s heart and lungs.
In addition to checking for obvious signs of illness or discomfort, annual wellness exams also include taking samples of saliva, blood, urine and/or stool to test for other diseases and parasites. Blood tests will determine if your pet could have an infection, parasites or any kind of organ disease. The first annual exam will establish baseline blood values to be used at any later date if and when changes occur.
Stool and urine samples may be requested to check for parasites not found normally in a blood test. Check with your vet ahead of time to see if they will require a stool sample collected by you before the appointment. A urinalysis will also likely be performed to check on the health of their kidneys as well as find any early signs of diabetes or any urinary tract infections.
Everything in Between
It’s important that you fill out the medical history form completely and with as much information as possible. Many times, vets will run additional tests based on what owners say regarding unusual behavior changes or other signs of distress. You may also want to bring a list of your own questions to the vet to double check that you are giving the best food, care and attention possible.
Keep in mind that annual wellness exams will be different for each pet. It will not only depend on the species, but also the breed, age and medical history of that pet. An annual wellness exam plays an essential role in the early detection of diseases, increasing your pet’s chances of making the best recovery possible. Early identification and treatment of illness will reduce any unnecessary pain for your pet, as well as reduce the cost and length of treatment later on. So start spring off right and get your pet in for an annual wellness exam today!
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