Pet Wellness Visits

Just like humans, animals benefit from routine physicals. Even if your pet appears free from health problems, these wellness exams help keep your pet healthy for the long-term.

Wellness visits are important for every stage of a pet's life. Regular wellness exams allow the veterinarian to evaluate a pet's general health and become aware of any health problems before they become serious illnesses. By visiting a veterinarian at least once a year, a pet has the best chance for a long, happy, and healthy life.

What Does a Vet Do at a Checkup?

At a wellness visit, a pet will be given a complete physical exam. This includes an examination of the animal's eyes, ears, nose, mouth, skin, hair, abdomen, rear, legs, paws, heart and lungs. Routine blood testing and urinalysis tests may also be performed, and vaccinations may be updated. They may receive a parasite screening. The veterinarian will also ask about the pet's health and behavioral history. Vital statistics will also be monitored including:

  • Internal temperature
  • Pulse
  • Breathing
  • Body weight

The veterinarian may also recommend additional testing to diagnose or verify a health problem, if any abnormalities are found during the pet's examination.

All pets should see a veterinarian for a wellness exam at least once every year. As the pet becomes older, however, more frequent wellness visits may be recommended. You’ll receive a checklist at the beginning of the appointment so you can list any changes you’ve noticed such as weight loss, behavioral changes, appetite changes or any potential symptoms of illness. 

How Long Does a Vet Checkup Take?

It’s highly dependent on the services being offered. A standard wellness visit with no discussion of individual pet issues could require you to be at the vet for 30 minutes to an hour, depending on scheduling that day. On the other hand, if treatment is being rendered or you and the vet need to discuss symptoms or signs of illness, the appointment could take longer.

When you call to make an appointment, inquire about the estimated duration. The staff does everything possible to keep appointments running on time. We respect your schedule and hope you’ll understand if an appointment takes a little longer in order to ensure your pet’s best possible health.

Schedule Your Pet’s Next Wellness Visit

Even when your pet seems healthy and free from illness, a routine physical exam ensures they keep feeling great and that any problems are caught early. Contact the veterinarian today to schedule your pet’s next appointment.

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