Veterinary exams are a must for all pets even if they aren’t sick. These checkups are important so your veterinarian can keep tabs on the development of your pet and any changes in their health. The visit will give pet owners the chance to discuss any concerns they have about their loyal companion. Regular veterinary exams help detect health issues in the early stages, which can improve the prognosis of the disease, reduce medical costs and keep your pet living longer.
How often should my pet have a veterinary exam?
Each pet should have a minimum of one veterinary exam on a yearly basis. If your pet has medical conditions or is vulnerable due to their age we recommend they have more wellness exams. Kittens and puppies should have three veterinary exams annually, while senior pets should have bi-annual exams. If your pet has a pre-existing condition the vet will recommend additional exams to monitor their health. To book a veterinary exam for your loyal companion, please give us a call at 604-591-5304.
What happens during a veterinary exam?
We check all aspects of your pet’s health during veterinary exams and ask questions about their daily routine, behaviour and lifestyle at home. Here’s what typically happens during a veterinary checkup:
- A full physical is performed from nose to tail. We check their fur and skin for any abnormalities, take their temperature, check their eyesight and hearing and listen to their heart.
- We assess your pet’s weight and their diet.
- We discuss their preventative care like parasite control, vaccinations and dental care.
- If the doctor sees cause for concern, we may run a complete diagnostic workup at an added cost (includes blood, urine and fecal matter to detect any illness that might not show physical symptoms)