Regular examinations will help keep your pet healthy and happy. Most pets need either annual or every six-month visits. This is because pets age an average of 7 times faster than humans and so by the time they reach around 7 years old they are considered middle-aged or geriatric depending on the breed. Typical components of a wellness examination include:

  • Checking the central nervous center
  • Checking and cleaning the ears, treating if required
  • Checking joints and mobility
  • Checking skin and condition of coat
  • Checking urinary and reproductive systems
  • Dental examination
  • Eye examination
  • Listen to the heart
  • Listen to the lungs
  • Observation of alertness and response
  • Palpate the abdomen checking for painful areas and/or growths or tumors
  • Physical examination of the rest of the body for unusual lumps
  • Weight check

Other tests that your pet may be given include:

  • Heartworm testing (otherwise known as blood parasite screening)
  • Fecal testing. This allows the veterinarian to check for the presence of internal parasites such as hookworms, roundworms, and whipworms.
  • Blood work. Blood tests screen for infection or disease that may not otherwise be detected through a physical examination. Blood work also allows a veterinarian a comprehensive assessment of your pets’ health.
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