Wellness Exam ~ critical to preventive health procedures and diagnostic care for a pet.
The most important aspect of owning healthy pets is having them examined yearly by a veterinarian. Regardless of the type of pet, responsible pet ownership begins with an annual examination to help ensure a pet’s long, comfortable, and healthy life. A disease or problem can be discovered by early detection and can often be prevented or cured before it’s to late. A comprehensive exam will include:
- Body Condition
- Coat and Skin quality
- Cardiovascular function
- Respiratory function
- Teeth and Gum condition
- Eyes, Ears, Nose, and Throat
- Abdominal palpation to detect any abnormalities of intestine, kidney, liver, or spleen
- Lymphatic system
- Basic Neurological system
- Musculoskeletal system
- Behavior and socialization progress
A general blood panel is an additional tool available to evaluate the function of the organs and systems mentioned above. Blood work is very important to gain a baseline for the pet as well as detect any problems at an early stage.
Reasons for an annual pet examination include:
- Value! Fewer costly problems develop in pets examined on a regular basis. And, problems which can arise are less expensive to treat when detected early.
- Pets have a substantially shorter life span and age much faster than humans. Therefore, routine exams are key to the early detection of diseases, and critical for the long term health of your pets!
- An annual exam coupled with the necessary vaccines and parasite testing is much more cost effective then waiting until your pet gets “sick”. Since most conditions can be prevented or managed cost effectively before a problem becomes advanced, have your pets examined routinely!
It is important to the staff at Clarksville Veterinary Clinic that your pet gets exactly what it needs, and nothing more! Our doctors will help you distinguish between medications that are needed and beneficial to your pet from those that are not. Many pet medications are not only economically wasteful, but also potentially harmful. Our trained and courteous staff is here to help you make better decisions regarding your pets—call us today!