What’s Involved in a Pet Wellness Exam?
A pet wellness exam is typically an annual check-up for your dog or cat. However, it’s also a check-in opportunity. You’ll have a chance to ask your Jackson, MO veterinarian any questions about pet wellness exams.
These exams are one of the most important vet care services that we offer at Deer Ridge Animal Hospital because they offer so much benefit over time. If you’re a new pet owner, here’s what you can expect from your first pet wellness exam.
You’ll be asked about the medical history of your pet. This may include:
- how old they are
- when they came into your care
- what their diet is
- any injuries they’ve had
- whether they’re spayed or neutered
- any ongoing health conditions
- how the pet has been behaving recently
- and more.
It’s okay if you don’t know the answer to every question. In fact, if you took in a stray, there may be a lot to learn about your new pet. These questions just give your veterinarian some clues for what to look for during the exam.
The Wellness Exam
Your veterinarian will examine your pet from head to toe. This may include weighing and measuring your dog or cat. The veterinarian will take a close look at your pet’s teeth and eyes, as well as pat them down to check for any lumps under the skin. This stage of the exam often includes listening to the rhythm of their heart or lungs.
If anything unusual is noticed, your pet may need to have blood drawn for analysis. Your veterinarian might also suggest an ultrasound or x-ray to get a better idea of what’s going on inside the animal’s body.
The Next Steps
Yearly wellness exams are a great time for your pet to get any immunizations or booster shots. These can keep your pet safe from possibly life-threatening diseases. Some shots, such as for rabies, are also required by law.
If any medical conditions were detected, your veterinarian will discuss with you the next steps in caring for your pet. For instance, if dental tartar is detected, your pet may need dental work. You may be given a prescription for medication or counseling on how to improve your pet’s health and energy levels.
Call Deer Ridge Animal Hospital Today!
Is it time for your furry companion to get a pet wellness exam? At Deer Ridge Animal Hospital, we offer the best vet care in the Jackson, MO area. Give us a call at 573-243-3200 to learn more about our services or schedule an appointment. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!