Animal Hospitals exams: Are annual exams necessary?

Animal Hospitals Exams

Animal Hospitals examsAlthough it may seem like our pets only need to go to the vet when they are injured or visibly ill, nothing could be further from the truth. Our cats and dogs age much more rapidly than ourselves. An annual vet visit roughly equivalent to us seeing our own physician once every 5-7 years! Additionally, many animals do not show us that something is wrong until the disease is quite advanced. Don’t wait until your pet is sick! Just like with our own health care, the aim is to identify and prevent problems early so that our pets can live long, healthy lives. The basis of an annual animal hospital visit is a good exam. We literally do a “nose-to-toes” examination. We start at the head of the animal and working our way towards the hind-end. We look for even the most subtle thing that looks, sounds, smells or feels abnormal. We have examined even the most unimaginable places on thousands of animals. It is what we do all day, everyday for our working careers. Depending on the physical exam, age and lifestyle of your pet, further testing may be recommended. This may include a fecal exam to look for parasites that could be harmful to your pet or family members, blood-work and/or urine testing. These tests can help to identify problems before they become visible on the outside. The annual animal hospitals exam visit also provides an opportunity to discuss dental care, nutrition, exercise, behaviour and parasite prevention. We will administer any vaccinations that may be appropriate. There are many ways that you can prepare for your pet’s annual animal hospitals exam. Monitor your pet well for changes in drinking, urination, appetite and weight. Watch your pet’s bowel movements for change or discomfort. Collect a fecal sample the day of the visit. Note any changes in activity or behaviour. Be sure to bring a list of any questions that you may have to the animal hospital. Dr. Wendy Webster Veterinarian