Routine exams help us keep an eye on your pet's health and adjust their care if necessary. All pets based on their age and health status should have at least one veterinary exam every year. In between these visits, your pet's body, behaviour, environment, diet and symptoms can change which is why we have check-ins to protect their well-being.
Why are veterinary exams necessary?
Veterinary exams are necessary because you can't always tell what is going on with your pet. Seeing them every day doesn't always mean you'll spot the changes that they go through, especially because some health problems aren't visible to the eye. With veterinary check-ups, an expert can examine your pet to ensure they are healthy and developing as they should.
What do veterinarians look for during a veterinary exam?
The veterinarian will perform a physical examination of your pet's entire body looking for any signs that may indicate health issues. They will do the following checks:
- Inspecting the skin and fur for any infections
- Assessing their breathing for any cardiac or respiratory issues
- Checking their vision and eyes
- Inspecting their ears for any health issues
- Checking their mouth and overall dental hygiene
- Weighing them to ensure your pet is not over/underweight
This thorough examination can reveal health problems that our team can begin to treat immediately. Along with the physical examination, we will run other diagnostic tests to learn how important organs like the heart, kidneys and liver are functioning. To schedule a wellness exam for your loyal companion, please call us at 519-285-2116.
How often should kittens/puppies have veterinary exams?
Puppies and kittens need regular wellness exams because they can easily catch illnesses and are just developing. We recommend they have three annual veterinary exams to keep them on the right track. Senior pets also require bi-annual exams to keep tabs on their health since they are susceptible to so many age-related diseases.