Even if you think you are keeping a close watch of your pet’s health it is still important to get them examined by a veterinarian on a regular basis. Wellness exams are routine medical exams of patients that are apparently healthy, as apposed to exams of patients that are clearly sick.
These exams provide the veterinarian an opportunity to identify newly emerging problems before they become serious. Prevention is always better than a cure. The focus of a wellness visit is to maintain optimum health.
The question of how often your pet should be examined depends on their age and current health status. For very young puppies and kittens wellness exams are recommended on a monthly basis, while for the average adult pet annual wellness examinations are the norm. For middle aged or geriatric pets semi-annual examinations are recommended.
Regular visits also helps you to stay up-to-date on your pets vaccinations. These may include rabies, distemper, leptospirosis, adenovirus, parvovirus as well as parainfluenza and Bordetella (kennel cough). The frequency of these vaccination will be recommended by your veterinarian.
Another aspect of your pet’s health that requires constant monitoring is their teeth. Did you know that 4 out of 5 pets over the age of 3 years have some form of periodontal disease. Dental disease, if unchecked, can lead to heart and kidney disease among other problems. Your veterinarian will be able to determine if and when a dental cleaning is required.
Other reasons to visit to your veterinarian on a regular basis include flea and tick control, checking for intestinal parasites, monitoring weight and body condition and behavior issues. Whatever you needs, the Scottsdale veterinarians at Horizon Animal Hospital are here to help.
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