Wellness exams are essential to the health and wellness of your pet. Pets age much faster than people, making them more vulnerable to sickness and disease. An annual wellness exam from Quartz Hill Veterinary Clinic will enable our veterinarian to monitor your pet’s health and catch health problems in their early stages, before they can cause extensive damage to your pet’s health. Regular wellness exams can help keep your pet healthy and active well into his senior years.
Preventative Pet Care Matters
As a pet parent, you’re responsible for your feline or canine’s health. Rather than wait for your pet to get sick to get vet care, you can take preventative measures to keep him well. Wellness exams play a key role in your pet’s preventative care program.
Unless your pet shows distinct symptoms of a sickness or disease, you may not be able to tell on your own whether or not he is suffering from an illness that needs treatment. Your Quartz Hill veterinarian, however, can detect early signs of chronic conditions and diseases during a wellness exam. Working with a veterinary specialist in caring for your pet is the best way to preserve his long-term health.
What to Expect from a Wellness Exam
When you bring your feline or canine to Quartz Hill Veterinary Clinic, we’ll give him a complete checkup from nose to tail.
We’ll check his skin and fur for parasites or signs of allergies. The condition of your pet’s fur and skin are generally good indicators of his overall health.
Your vet will examine your pet’s legs and joints for irregularities and test his mobility to see if he’s having trouble walking or running, as this could be early warning signs of arthritis. We’ll examine your pet’s eyes and ears for signs of infection or abnormalities and test his visual acuity and hearing. In senior pets, we’ll check for signs of cataracts that could affect your pet’s vision. We’ll also weigh your pet to see if he’s at a good weight or needs to lose or gain a few pounds.
Your veterinarian will listen to your pet’s heart and lungs to make sure they’re functioning properly and check his teeth for fractures, unusual masses, or signs of periodontal disease. Left unchecked, periodontal disease can cause serious problems to your pet’s internal organs. Routine dental cleanings will keep periodontal disease at bay and protect your pet’s teeth. Oral health should be part of your pet’s vet care program.