Most pet owners know to take their pets to the veterinarian when they are sick or injured, but did you know that bringing your pet in for regular checkups when they are well is just as important?
Regular pet wellness exams, at least once per year (more for older pets or those with health concerns), provide the opportunity for you and your veterinarian to discuss questions and concerns, catch any signs of illness or disease, and work together to provide your pet with the good quality of life he or she deserves.
Nose-To-Tail Pet Wellness
In order to establish a healthy baseline for your pet, as well as to detect any problems, your veterinarian will examine every inch of your pet’s body, including:
- Skin and coat
- Heart and lungs
- Weight and overall body condition
Other areas of pet wellness that will be discussed are:
- Dental care – Healthy teeth and gums are important to your pet’s overall health and well being. Proper oral hygiene at home combined with regular veterinary check-ups and professional cleanings will keep your pet’s pearly whites in tiptop shape.
- Spay/neuter – Besides doing your part to prevent pet overpopulation, spaying or neutering your pet can ease certain behavior problems as well as protect him or her from certain cancers and other health issues.
- Nutrition/exercise – Your pet’s weight and nutrition profile will be taken into consideration and recommendations will be given for home care.
- Behavioral concerns – Your veterinarian can help you develop a plan to address any behavior issues you may be dealing with regarding your pet.
Prevention, Prevention, Prevention
Part of your pet’s wellness plan should include the prevention of certain diseases through regular vaccinations and preventive parasite control:
- Vaccines – Regular wellness exams ensure that your pet is kept up to date on his or her vaccinations against devastating diseases such as rabies, distemper, and leptospirosis (dogs only).
- Parasite preventives – Year-round parasite protection is a crucial component of your pet’s overall wellness plan. Fleas, ticks, and heartworm can cause big problems for your pet and you. Your veterinarian will discuss parasite protection and provide you with the right preventive medication for your pet.
Don’t Forget The Follow Up!
As a part of your pet’s wellness exam, you may receive important instructions for follow up veterinary or home care, including:
- Prescription diets
- Diagnostic testing
- Dental care
Committing to your pet’s preventive care is one of the best investments you can make in his or her future. By caring for your pet’s health today, you are helping to ensure that he or she is happy, healthy, and by your side for many more years.
If you haven’t seen us in a while, or need to schedule an appointment for your pet, don’t hesitate to give us a call at (201) 800-6039. We look forward to seeing you and your four-legged-friend very soon!