Your pet can benefit greatly from regular wellness examinations or checkups. Whether your pet is a youngster, a “senior citizen,” or any age in between, wellness examinations provide an excellent opportunity for us to conduct a thorough physical examination and develop a health profile for your pet. This information will help us identify medical problems and any other issues that can affect your pet’s health and quality of life.

A wellness examination includes an evaluation of all of your pet’s major organ systems. We’ll use the wellness visit to ask you questions about your pet’s behavior, appetite, exercise habits, and regular activities at home. This is also an excellent time for us to discuss any routine diagnostic testing that may benefit your pet or to recommend any vaccinations that may be due. If your pet seems healthy, a wellness examination is a good opportunity to note any changes, such as weight gain or loss or other subtle changes that may not be evident at home. Sometimes, information obtained during a wellness examination can help detect early signs of illness and address health issues before they progress.

As our pets age, just as with us, they become more at-risk for illness or organ dysfunction. We need to look a little deeper than "skin-deep" to catch these changes early. We can make significant improvement to your pet's quality and quantity of life through regular care and monitoring. Benjamin Franklin's addage, " An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" certainly holds true here! We strive to help you understand your pet’s health considerations, and we encourage you to be involved in decisions regarding your pet’s health care. We encourage you to use wellness examinations to take an active role in your pet’s health care.