Your pet can’t tell you in words that his teeth hurt, nor can they confide that their leg hurts. Fortunately, information like that–and much more–can be determined during a pet’s physical exam.
When you consider that our pets age at approximately six to seven time the rate that we do, it’s easy to see that 6-month veterinary exams are important. Check ups keep your pet healthy by allowing your veterinarian to spot small problems before they escalate and thus resolve them more easily, less expensively and with a greater outcome of success. They can also help your pet to avoid common discomforts such as heartworm and dental disease.
By the time your pet reaches about 7 years of age, 6-month visits become even more important. The cost of a routine wellness exam is going to be lower than treatment of an advanced disease. Catching a problem early can prevent your pet from unnecessary pain, suffering and possibly even loss of life. There are also more treatment options if diseases are caught earlier.
A bi-annual exam allows us to take a close look at your pet and compare findings with those of the previous visit. It’s also your opportunity to report on anything out of the ordinary that you’ve noticed such as excessive water drinking, loss of appetite, coughing, diarrhea or constipation.
During the exam a doctor will perform:
- Ear and eye examination
- Cardiopulmonary (heart and lungs) analysis
- Temperature reading
- Abdominal palpation
- Dental exam
- Dermatological exam
- Musculoskeletal evaluation
We will also discuss other services, such as dental care or microchipping that will benefit your pet’s overall health and well-being and advise you on any questions you might have regarding your pet’s health.
Call 734-782-3131 to schedule your pet’s wellness appointment today!