Veterinary exams are one of the best ways to keep your loyal companion in good health, which means you get more years with them. When coupled with other forms of preventative care, your cherished companion will be in their best health. Veterinary exams also give pet parents a chance to ask the experts about their individual cat or dog. The internet offers general information, whereas your veterinarian knows the ins and outs of your individual cat or dog’s health.
How often should my cat or dog have a veterinary exam?
Your loyal companion should have a veterinary exam at least once every year. Your veterinarian needs to keep track of their health changes and growth. If your dog or cat is a senior, they should have bi-annual veterinary exams. Puppies and kittens should have three veterinary exams within a year. The first year of their life is crucial to give them the best start in their life. They are at risk for parasites and diseases because they have no immunity.
What happens during a veterinary exam?
During this visit, the veterinarian will do a physical examination and they may also perform testing to identify unknown illness. In addition to this, the veterinarian will also ask about your feline or canine’s lifestyle, behaviour, and daily routine which can help determine their quality of life. Here are some steps we take during veterinary exams:
- To begin, the doctor will examine them from nose to tail. The skin and fur will be checked for any irregularities. We will also check their temperature, hearing, eyesight and listen to their breathing and heart.
- The patient’s weight will be taken and their diet will be discussed. Our team can provide excellent advice on how to prevent obesity, malnutrition and how we can use their diet to manage their health problems.
- The veterinarian will recommend preventative care such as deworming, parasite prevention and dental cleanings.
- If deemed necessary, the veterinarian will recommend additional diagnostic testing. This may include bloodwork, fecal examination, or urinalysis if we notice any clinical signs of health problems.