What to expect during a wellness exam?
Every pet, whether it’s young or a senior, will benefit from regular wellness examinations or checkups. These exams are particularly important in providing an excellent opportunity for us to conduct a thorough physical study and develop a base health profile.
We then use the gathered information to identify medical issues that can affect their future health and quality of life.
During the examination, your doctor will thoroughly evaluate all of your pet’s major body systems from head to tail. At this time, we also ask you questions about your pet’s appetite, behavior, exercise habits, energy level, and any abnormalities. After the physical examination, the doctor will then discuss any possible diagnostic testing that may be beneficial or recommend any vaccinations that may be coming due.
We tailor our care to each pet based on their age, lifestyle, and health conditions. When your pet is young, their care tends to center around preventative treatments and vaccinations. As they begin to age, the focus will shift to corrective physical care, promoting a longer and healthier life. This includes:
• Kidney disease screening
• Hormone therapy
• Arthritis identification
• Cancer prevention
• And more…
If you’ve noticed any changes or have any questions or concerns, please feel free to bring them to the attention of our knowledgeable staff. Here at El Cid Animal Clinic, we treat your pets like family and no question is too small, too silly or too complicated for us. You are a very valuable source of information. After all, no one knows your pet better than you.
Finally, wellness examinations help us establish your pet’s current health state and develop a solid client-patient relationship. We learn about their lifestyle, personality, health risks, home environment, and other important information. We encourage you to use wellness examinations to take an active role in your pet’s health care. Some wellness examinations include:
• Physical examinations
• Routine bloodwork
• Fecal tests
• Senior citizen wellness examinations
• And much more…
Why does El Cid Animal Clinic recommend semi-annual and annual wellness examinations
Since pets cannot tell us what they are feeling, diseases and illnesses are often present before humans recognize them. Moreover, as part of their survival instinct, many animals hide the early signs of diseases due to high tolerance to pain and adaptability. The result is that an illness must be critically advanced before any obvious signs are apparent. However, some early warning signs are often evident to a veterinarian during an animal wellness exam. Remember, since your pet ages from 7-10 per 1 year of ours that means that seeing your pet every 6 months is like visiting your doctor every 3.5 years. Because of this, it’s extremely important that they receive a wellness examination consistently to ensure optimal health.
When a disease or condition is noticed in its early stages, steps can often be taken to prevent irreversible damage, thereby increasing the chances of a successful outcome. Additionally, combating problems before they escalate is often far less costly and less time intensive than waiting until it impacts the pet’s quality of life.