Here at East Oak Veterinary Hospital, we have always stressed the importance of wellness exams.
During a wellness visit, your cat or dog will receive a complete, thorough physical exam,
appropriate vaccines, heartworm testing, a fecal exam, and preventative health recommendations.
Why are wellness exams important?
Pets age much more rapidly than humans (1 year in human lives compares to 5-7 years for your pet). This means that health conditions are rapidly changing, making frequent examinations crucial to the health and life expectancy of your pet.
Dogs that play with other dogs, or go to the groomer, kennel, or dog park should be vaccinated against kennel cough (Bordetella) every year. The Bordetella vaccine helps prevent or lessen the severity of a very common, easily transmissible upper respiratory infection.
As animals begin to age, more health problems tend to occur. Problems that are not apparent to pet owners may be detected by the veterinarian during the yearly examination. This early detection and diagnosis may aid and improve your pet’s quality of life.
Wellness exams are the perfect time to perform routine blood and urine tests. These screening tests paints a picture of what is going on inside your pet’s body. It is impossible for us to know how healthy your pet is, internally, without performing these tests. A healthy appearing pet, on the outside, does not necessarily equal a healthy pet on the inside. In our years of practice, we have discovered many disease processes occurring in “healthy” appearing animals. The sooner a problem is diagnosed, and a treatment plan initiated, the greater the chances of your pet having a successful recovery and living out a long, healthy life.
The CDC (Center for Disease Control) recommends a fecal exam or deworming your pet at least twice yearly.
We want our clients to be happy. We want our patients to live long, happy, pain free, high quality lives. You can help us to achieve this goal by scheduling your pet’s wellness exams and routine screening tests annually.