A veterinary or wellness exam is like a routine checkup to assess your pet’s overall health. The goal of a wellness exam is to establish or update your pet’s wellness plan, which determines the care we provide. Depending on your pet’s age and overall health, we’ll need to see them more frequently than once a year.
What do you check during a wellness exam?
We perform a physical exam as well as do a few routine procedures to determine your pet’s overall health. During the physical exam, we check their eyesight, hearing, agility, mobility, coat and reflexes. If the vet notices something out of the ordinary, we may also perform bloodwork for further analysis. This helps us assess any changes and any early signs of health issues. Early detection increases our ability to effectively treat your pet. Other procedures we may perform or update during a wellness exam include:
- Weight management
- Nutrition counselling
- Parasite prevention
- Dental care
How can I care for my pet between checkups?
It’s important to stay in tune with your pet’s health needs, which includes closely following the recommendations we lay out in their wellness plan. Make note of any observations or concerns you’d like to raise at your next appointment. You should be regularly grooming your pet as well as trying to brush their teeth daily. It’s essential to closely follow their parasite prevention plan to safeguard them against parasite infections, including taking their monthly preventive as prescribed and regular deworming. It’s also important to feed your pet a balanced diet and ensure they’re exercising regularly. To book your pet’s next appointment, please contact us at 604-940-0899.