What Happens During a Pet Wellness Exam?
The wellness exam covers several important things, with the goal of helping your pet stay healthy and potentially catching underlying illness at an earlier, more treatable stage.
A Thorough Physical Examination
First, we need to check your pet’s major organ systems (heart, lungs, abdominal organs, musculoskeletal system) to make sure they’re functioning normally. Then, we examine your pet from the tip of their nose to the tip of their tail for any abnormal physical changes that we didn’t see at their last checkup.
A Discussion About Your Pet’s Health and Behavior at Home
The wellness exam is also an opportune time for us to ask questions about your pet’s appetite, behavior, elimination habits, and other key indicators of their health. We also invite you to take note of any things you notice at home and ask us any questions you have. Together, we can uncover possible health problems and create a care plan that addresses these problems.
Blood and Fecal Testing
Routine blood tests and fecal exams give us insight into your pet’s health and organ function. With the help of diagnostics we can detect various diseases, parasites, and infections at an early stage and provide timely treatment.
If your pet is due for their vaccine boosters, we can administer them at their wellness exam. We may also want to evaluate your pet’s current vaccination schedule and update it as needed to suit their current lifestyle.