What to expect from an annual exam
An annual pet exam, also known as a wellness exam, is an important part of keeping your pet healthy and happy. During this exam, you can expect the following:
Physical examination: The veterinarian will examine your pet from head to toe to check for any abnormalities, such as lumps or bumps, skin issues, dental problems, and other signs of illness.
Vital signs check: The vet will check your pet’s vital signs, such as heart rate, respiratory rate, and temperature, to ensure they are within normal ranges.
Vaccinations: Depending on your pet’s age and medical history, the veterinarian may administer vaccines to protect against common diseases.
Parasite screening: The vet may take a stool sample to check for intestinal parasites, such as worms, and may recommend preventive measures such as deworming or flea and tick prevention.
Blood work: Depending on your pet’s age and medical history, the veterinarian may recommend blood work to check for underlying health issues such as kidney or liver disease.
Diet and nutrition: The vet may discuss your pet’s diet and nutrition and make recommendations for changes or improvements.
Behavior assessment: The veterinarian may ask you about your pet’s behavior and offer recommendations for training or behavioral issues.
Overall, an annual pet exam is an opportunity for the veterinarian to catch any potential health problems early and help you keep your pet healthy and happy. It’s also a chance for you to ask any questions you may have about your pet’s health and well-being.