The most important component of your pet’s healthcare is consistent exams and checkups with us. All pet parents should bring their animals in for an annual wellness exam. This is important, not only because it ensures a more proactive form of care so that possible illnesses can be dealt with before they become critical, but because routine exams are essential for a happier and healthier pet overall.
What to Expect
When bring your furry companion for a routine wellness exam, and veterinary technician will first take a record of the weight, respiration, heart rate, and temperature of the patient. Afterward a veterinarian will come to exam the ears, nose, eyes, and mouth of your pet, as well as legs, joints, and body. The vet will look for any abnormalities, such as lumps or masses, and then a plan will be made for diagnostics and treatment.
Perhaps it is discovered that your dog is overweight. You will be provided with tips from the veterinarian on healthy weight loss and diet plans, and ways in which we can implement that treatment for your pet. Catching any concerning health conditions early is the best way of increasing the chances of successful treatment as well as lowering the cost of overall care before any health issues can worsen.
Why Exams are Important
Examinations give us a chance to evaluate the overall health of an animal, at the same time establishing a baseline for their unique body and tendencies. That way, any abnormalities can be caught much more quickly, because we now know what levels are normal for your pet.
Detecting health problems early before they become more aggressive and life-threatening is the number one way we can ensure a longer life for your pet. Pets already age much faster than humans, an annual vet exam is akin to you seeing your own doctor every 5 – 7 years!
That’s why these exams are so important and should not be underestimated by pet owners. Skipping annual exams may increase the changes of any underlying illnesses worsening because they remained undetected for longer than was necessary.
If it’s time for your pet to come in for an annual exam, do not hesitate to come to us! We at Ocean Animal Hospital are always happy to welcome new patients. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at your convenience. We look forward to providing exemplary healthcare to your furry best friend!