A wellness exam is a routine medical examination of a patient that appears to be healthy. Also referred to as a “check-up” or “physical exam”, the focus of a wellness visit for pets is to maintain optimal health via prevention or early detection of any possible diseases.
It’s a good idea to always try and bring a stool (fecal) sample from your pet to every wellness exam, because many patients with parasites will have no noticeable symptoms. In fact, a urine or fecal sample can be the first indicator of an infection or disease that requires immediate treatment. Some intestinal parasites can be transmitted to humans, and young children and those with compromised immune systems are most at risk. Stop by and we’ll be happy to provide you with a free urine and/or fecal sample collector.
Healthy adult dogs should be seen annually, while middle to senior aged dogs may need more frequent exams and blood testing. Blood testing, or “screening” as it is known, is especially important for seniors as pets age significantly faster than humans, so diseases develop and progress faster as well. Catching illness early is key to effective treatment and a longer life for your pet.
Puppies require vaccinations every 3-4 weeks until they are over 16 weeks old to prevent diseases such as parvo, distemper, kennel cough, and rabies.
Cats are masters at hiding disease, so even if your cat seems healthy, he or she should have a wellness exam at least once per year. Weight loss and abnormalities on the physical exam or blood tests can indicate serious underlying diseases that may otherwise go undiagnosed.
Kittens require vaccinations every 3-4 weeks until they are over 16 weeks old to prevent future diseases such as panleukopenia, feline leukemia virus, and rabies.