When you first become a pet parent, you will need to register your new pet with a local animal hospital or veterinary clinic. This will be your go-to facility should your animal become unwell and need medical attention. However, your vet isn’t only there for when your pet becomes sick or injured. Your veterinarian also plays a vital role in preventing your pet from developing an illness in the first place. One of the ways in which they can do this is by inviting your pet for an annual wellness exam. This is an appointment to assess the overall health and wellbeing of your pet and is recommended for all animals, regardless of whether they are already suffering from illness or not.
One of the most important reasons why your pet needs an annual wellness exam is simply because her body ages much faster than your own due to her shortened lifespan. This means that any changes, age-related or as a result of ill-health, will take place much more quickly too, and this can have devastating consequences for your pet. A disease or condition that might ordinarily take years to develop in a human could take hold of your pet in just a matter of months. However, when your pet has an annual pet exam, it enables your veterinary team to catch health problems in the early stages. This means that treatment can commence sooner, and this improves the likely outcome for your pet.
What are the benefits of an annual pet exam?
There are several key benefits of annual pet examinations. These include:
- The opportunity to extend your pet’s life. You can achieve this by ensuring that any health threats are identified and treated early, before they can do significant damage to the wellbeing of your animal.
- Prevent your pet from unnecessary suffering. Depending on what illness or disease is affecting your pet, you will almost certainly find that she experiences some side effects. In some instances, these can be painful and debilitating.
- Save money on veterinary bills. It is much easier and more cost-effective to deal with health problems in the early stages, before they become serious and require much more invasive and aggressive treatment.
What can I expect to be involved in my pet’s annual exam?
What is included in an annual pet exam can vary slightly between different veterinary clinics or animal hospitals. However, typically you can expect some or all of the following elements during your pet’s appointment:
- A consultation where you will be spoken to about the current health of your pet. Your vet will ask questions about her diet, how much exercise she does and her behaviors.
- A physical, nose to tail examination of your pet. This checks for unusual lumps and bumps, sensitive spots, skin problems, coat condition and assess the health of her eyes and ears.
- Check her heart rate and assess her breathing by listening to her lungs.
- Palpitation of the major body organs to check for abnormalities.
- Assessment of the lymph nodes to ensure they aren’t enlarged.
- Joint evaluation, which checks for swelling and the presence of arthritis etc.
- Blood tests (if required)
- Fecal testing
- Dental health check and professional dental clean
- Parasite check and administration of preventatives
- Vaccination boosters (if required)
If your pet has never had an annual exam before, our experienced veterinarians in East Nashville TN would be happy to complete a full assessment of her health and wellbeing and start her on a regular program of monitoring and preventative care. Please contact our veterinary clinic in Nashville, TN today at 615-398-6415 to schedule an appointment.