Annual Adult Wellness Program
Just as it is to humans, yearly physical exams are extremely important to the continued health of your pet. Without a yearly check-up with your veterinarian, many health problems go unnoticed and can get worse unnecessarily. From head to toe to tail your veterinarian will examine every inch before they determine the physical health status of your pet. Eyes and ears are examined for infection or injury, the mouth and teeth including the gums are observed to detect disease. The doctor will listen to both the lungs and heart sounds to grade cardiac function and the sound of the respiratory tract to asses the efficacy of the circulatory system. The abdomen is palpated to locate internal organs and structures to determine normalcy or irregularities. Joints such as the hip and bones in the legs will be examined for stiffness or pain. Finally, your pet will be given a healthy treat and good praise for a being such a great patient, but more so to ensure proper function of the tail!
Senior Wellness Program
Because our pets age at a quicker pace than we humans do, it is important that they receive appropriate preventative care, along with early detection screenings to identify any health concerns or diseases in their earliest stages.
Pets aged 7 years or older should visit their veterinarian twice a year for wellness exams. These exams are the key to detecting any health problems that could endanger your pet. Our pets are susceptible to some of the ailments that aging humans face, such as cancer, diabetes, kidney complications, liver and intestinal disorders, arthritis, dental disease and vision impairment.
You can be your pet’s best advocate when it comes to their health. Keep a watchful eye for anything unusual or out of character for your dog or cat.
Some warning signs to watch out for include:
- Unexplained weight loss
- Excessive drinking or urination
- Loss of appetite
- Behavioral changes
- Diarrhea or vomiting
- Skin lumps, growths or irritation
- Bad breath, plaque on teeth or bleeding gums
- Ear odors, ear redness, or scratching at the ears
- Lameness or sensitivity