A wellness exam consists of a thorough assessment of all your pets’ body systems:
Since your pet cannot tell you they do not feel well, a comprehensive evaluation and history will help us monitor your pets’ health. In fact, many animals will mask their pain or discomfort until it becomes unbearable.
Because your pet ages about five times faster than humans, it is very important we see them twice a year. A wellness visit with the Veterinarian every six months will aid in early diagnosis of any health concerns so that they can be addressed before they progress further. Annual blood work, urinalysis, and biannual fecals help us to monitor your pets internal body function; x-rays and other diagnostic testing may also be recommended to provide further information regarding your pets’ health.
Wellness exams for senior patients are more extensive due to their advanced age. Large breed pets are considered seniors as early as 6 years of age. Many health issues become a greater concern when your pet becomes geriatric; such as joint health, teeth, weight gain or loss, urinary problems, muscle atrophy, coughing and lumps. We recommend radiographs (x-rays), blood pressure checks, EKG, and eye pressure checks annually.
One of the most important things to do for your senior pet is to keep them fit. Frequent exercise prevents weight gain, which lessens their chances of developing arthritis as well as maintaining muscle mass. Exercise also provides mental stimulation to keep your pet happier. By staying proactive with these evaluations, we can make aging more comfortable for you and your pet and keep them with you longer.