Pet owners all have at least one thing in common: love for their pets. As a result, it’s only natural that we want our animals to live long, healthy lives with minimal illness, pain or discomfort. The best way to keep your pets happy and healthy for the long-run is with preventative care. Annual wellness exams allow our veterinarian to establish a baseline for your pet’s health, while also proactively detecting and treating any signs of potential medical concerns before they have a chance to develop into larger, more serious problems.
What to Expect During a Wellness Exam
During your pet’s wellness appointment, our veterinarian will perform a complete physical evaluation of your pet – from whiskers to tail. This includes taking and recording your pet’s temperature and weight. During your pet’s wellness appointment, the veterinarian will also inspect your pet’s teeth and gums, looking for signs of tooth decay or gum disease. We might also recommend diagnostic blood tests to screen for common diseases.
Wellness exams focus on promoting good health overall and preventative care for pets. To this point, we will also discuss nutritional guidelines and lifestyle recommendations for your pet, as well as vaccinations, booster shots and parasite prevention.
How Often Should Pets Visit the Veterinarian?
Most healthy adult pets can get all of their wellness and preventative care needs met during a single, annual appointment. Puppies and kittens typically need to visit the veterinarian several times during their first year for check ups to receive their recommended schedule of vaccinations and booster shots. Elderly pets and those with certain medical conditions also might require more frequent veterinary visits for health monitoring.
Establish Your Pet’s Care with Old Orchard Animal Clinic in Lewisville, Texas
A wellness exam is also the perfect time for new pets to get acquainted with our office. We always encourage pet owners to bring their new pets into our office for a wellness visit to establish care with our veterinarian. During a new patient’s appointment, you and your furry family members can become familiar with our staff, veterinarian and office environment. Having had a positive experience with us, future visits to the veterinarian will induce less anxiety for both you and your pets. To schedule a wellness exam for your pet or to establish care with our veterinarian, we welcome you to contact our office today.