If you are like most people, you go to the doctor every year to make sure that you are in good health. You should be doing the same for your pets. Annual pet wellness exams are essential for your pets to live a long and healthy life. There are several reasons why you should make your pets’ wellness exams with Meriden Animals Hospital a priority.
A Head to Tail Exam
During your pets’ annual exam, our veterinarian will give them a thorough examination. Our vet will check the health of your pets’ eyes, ears, and teeth. Next, they will listen to your pets’ heart and lungs with a stethoscope to make sure that everything is functioning properly. They will also examine your pets’ skin and fur to detect skin disease or allergies. The vet will check your pets’ range of motion in their limbs and will have them walk so they can observe their gait. If your pet is having any health issues, they can often be detected during the physical exam.
During your pets’ exam, the vet may want to take blood to check for diabetes and other diseases. A stool sample may also be taken to test for heartworm.
Depending on your pet's age and physical health, your vet may order an X-ray, a CT scan, or an MRI. These tests will give the vet a more detailed view of what is going on inside your pet's body.
Your pet will need regular vaccinations to keep them healthy. When your pets are young, the veterinarian will give them their first shots. Every year after, booster shots are essential for preventing disease. During your pets’ annual wellness exam, the vet will determine which booster shots your pets are due for, and they will be administered.
Obesity is a very common issue in pets. During the exam, the veterinarian will weigh your pets. If they are overweight, the vet can recommend a diet and exercise regimen to get your pets back to a healthy weight. If they are underweight, the vet will test for diseases that could be preventing them from gaining weight. If there is no medical reason for your pets’ lack of bodyweight, the vet will put your pets on a high-calorie diet to get them up to a healthy weight.
Questions and Concerns
If you have any questions regarding your pets’ behavior or diet, don’t hesitate to ask them during an annual exam. You can also bring up any concerns that you have about your pets. The advice that your veterinarian gives you can be very helpful in making things easier at home and giving you peace of mind.
Regular vet care is essential for their health and overall well-being. To schedule an appointment with our veterinarian at Meriden Animal Hospital, give us a call today.