A wellness examination is an important part of preventive health care for pets in all stages of life, from puppies and kittens to senior pets. Even if your pet seems to be young and healthy, a wellness examination is a good way to detect changes such as weight gain or loss, dental disease, or other subtle changes that may not be evident at home.
For any pet, especially senior pets, a wellness examination is a good way to detect early onset of disease. Early diagnosis and treatment of diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease, can greatly improve the overall health and well-being of your pet.
Our wellness exams include a complete physical examination, which is a nose-to-tail inspection for any abnormalities. Our veterinarians and staff may use special equipment, including a stethoscope to listen to the heart and lungs, an otoscope to view the inside of the ears, and an ophthalmoscope to examine the eyes. Your veterinarian will also feel all over your pet's body for lumps and bumps. Recording your pet's weight is also a part of the exam.
Additionally, part of the exam may be bloodwork, a fecal test, a heartworm test or xrays to look at what may be going on inside. These options will all be part of what is discussed with you during your visit and wellness exam.