Pet Wellness Exams
As a pet owner, you want to do all you can to improve and maintain your pet’s health, happiness, and well-being. We offer pet wellness exams to help maintain your pet’s health for years to come.
PET WELLNESS EXAMS IN FORT COLLINS
As a pet owner, you want to do all you can to improve and maintain your pet’s health, happiness, and well-being. Here at Countryside Animal Hospital, we offer pet wellness exams that allow you and your vet to collaborate on a proactive approach to enhancing your pet’s health and wellness through every stage of their life.
Whether you have a puppy in their early stages of life or a senior cat in their golden years, our veterinarians are passionate about providing your pet with the care they need to help them live full, happy, long lives.
WHY CHOOSE COUNTRYSIDE ANIMAL HOSPITAL, FOR VETERINARY CARE?
- Personalized Veterinary Care
- Friendly Customer Service
- Compassionate Veterinary Care
- 30 Years of Experience
- Passionate About Caring For Your Pets
- We Care For Dogs and Cats of All Ages
- Extensive Range of Veterinary Services
- Warm and Welcoming Atmosphere
- Convenient Location
WHAT IS A COMPLETE WELLNESS EXAM?
A complete wellness exam is essentially the same as the annual checkups you get at your doctor. As an overall healthy person, you visit the doctor for a physical every year to ensure that you continue to be in optimal health. The same goes for your pet!
HOW OFTEN SHOULD MY PET COME IN FOR A WELLNESS EXAM?
How frequently wellness exams should be conducted is dependent on a number of factors. Puppy and kitten exams happen monthly from when they are first adopted until they complete their vaccines. Once your pet is an adult, annual exams are recommended. Of course, this can vary from pet to pet, so make sure to talk to your vet about the frequency that is most appropriate for your furry friend.
WHAT DOES THE VET CHECK FOR DURING A COMPLETE WELLNESS EXAM?
During a wellness exam, the vet will want to learn important information about your pet, such as their diet, how often they exercise, their behavior, habits, and overall health. Your veterinarian will also perform a physical exam, which involves observing:
- How they stand and walk
- Their disposition and energy levels
- Their body weight — whether they are too thin or too fat
- Their coat — hair loss, dandruff, shedding, etc.
- Their skin — dryness, oiliness, unusual lumps, etc.
- Their eyes — redness, excessive tearing, discharge, etc.
- Their ears — hearing problems, discharge, etc.
- Their nose — how well they breathe, discharge, thickening, etc.
- Their mouth/teeth — dental problems like periodontal disease, broken teeth, ulcers, etc.
- Their heart — abnormal heart rate, heart murmurs, etc.
- Their lungs — increased or decreased breath
- Their lymph nodes — swelling or lumps
- Their legs — muscle problems, nerve problems, paw problems, etc.
- Their abdomen — assessing the organs like the bladder, kidneys, liver, intestines, stomach, and spleen
If your vet has no reason to suspect abnormalities, they may not have to complete all parts of this examination. It is common for them to be very thorough, particularly on the first visit. Your vet may also call for additional testing, such as your pet’s feces and blood. Based on all this information, they will recommend preventative care, such as vaccinations, parasite control, coat care, weight management, nutrition, or dental care. If there are any lifestyle changes that are appropriate for your pet, such as dietary changes or a certain exercise routine, your vet will go over them with you at this point.
HOW DO I PREPARE MY PET FOR A WELLNESS EXAM?
Before your visit, ask your vet if your pet needs to fast before the appointment, as well as whether or not you need to bring in fecal or urine samples. Make sure that you have all basic information about your pet, such as the brand of their food. If you have any concerns about your pet, now is the time to write them down so you remember to address them with your vet.
What You Ought to Know About Pet Wellness Exams
Wellness exams for pets are similar to routine physicals for humans. Let’s explore these routine veterinary checkups and why they’re essential to your pet’s health and well-being.
Dogs and cats should receive a wellness exam at least once a year, and twice a year for pets over the age of nine.