An Annual Pet Wellness Exam is a medical examination, such as a yearly physical check-up, that is aimed at early detection of disease and helping to ensure a healthy life for your pet. Depending on the breed and size of the pet, the average pet will age about five to seven years for every human year. That means that the health of a 7-year-old terrier is equivalent to that of a 35-year-old human. Because of your pet’s short life span (averaging about 14 years), it is extremely important that your pet receive preventive care at least once per year and twice per year for pets over nine years of age.
There are many steps that occur during your pet’s annual wellness exam. A history is taken about the pet’s lifestyle. Next, temperature, pulse and respiration rates are recorded as well as the pet’s weight. Then our veterinarian will perform a head-to-tail exam. The pet’s eyes, ears, mouth, lymph nodes, heart, lungs, abdomen and musculoskeletal system are evaluated and recorded. Any needed vaccinations are performed based on your pet’s lifestyle and the duration of immunity of the vaccines.
Finally, based on the pet’s physical exam and lab work (if performed), our veterinarian will make recommendations meant to achieve and maintain optimal health for your pet.
In addition to the basic annual pet wellness exam and depending on the type of pet; Feline/Cat or Canine/Dog, there are certain recommendations we make as a part of every Annual Pet Wellness Exam here at Tavares Crossroads Veterinary Clinic.
Why Are Wellness Exams Important for my Pet?
Pets are genetically wired to hide any illness. Through routine wellness exams, preventable diseases like obesity, ear infections and dental disease can be addressed, and early screenings for arthritis, diabetes and kidney disease can be performed. The net result of routine wellness exams is early detection and prevention of disease, which means a healthier and longer life for your pet.
For Your Furry Feline Pet
Feline Quick Fact Check
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For Your Family Canine Pet
- Establish and Verify Your Pets’s Normal Blood Values
- Detect The Onset of Diseases Before Physical Symptoms Appear
- Make Sure Your Pet’s Internal Organ Systems Are Healthy