A wellness checkup is a comprehensive examination of your pet, often including a physical exam supplemented by blood or lab work. Wellness checkups provide a way for you and your vet to monitor your pet’s unique and changing healthcare needs, from heath concerns related to his breed to changes you can expect as he ages. Even if your pet seems healthy and happy, it’s still important to schedule regular wellness checkups with your vet each year.
Regardless of your pet’s breed, gender, or age, there are healthcare concerns he faces throughout his lifetime. Veterinary wellness exams provide regular preventive screening for these diseases and conditions, which can help you catch and treat them early if they occur, reducing the amount of discomfort your pet may feel and often preventing conditions from worsening and affecting his general wellness or quality of life. Because many health concerns do not manifest symptoms until they are significantly advanced, these preventive screenings allow you and your vet to detect issues before your pet’s health begins to suffer.
If your pet is living with a health concern, such as diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, or allergies, regularly monitoring his health is important. Wellness checkups provide a baseline for your pet’s care, allowing you and your vet to determine whether the treatments you are currently using are working, or whether your pet might benefit from a change in his healthcare plan. Especially as your pet grows older, he may face more numerous or more serious health concerns; regular monitoring gives you and your vet a complete picture of your pet’s aging process so you can ensure he continues to enjoy each day of his life at every age.
Is it time your pet’s next veterinary wellness exam? You can reach Horizon Animal Hospital by phone at (480) 800-4559 to discuss your pet’s wellness needs, from routine exams to surgical care and more in Scottsdale, AZ. You’ll also find more helpful information, tips, and wellness suggestions by clicking through our website and blog.