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 opposed to exams of patients that are clearly sick.
It is important to remember that most pets age 6 to 7 time faster than we do, so problems can develop quickly. Wellness exams provide the veterinarian an opportunity to identify newly emerging problems before they become serious. Prevention is always less expensive than a cure. The focus of a wellness visit is to maintain optimum health.
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 and frequently the loss of (many) teeth. Your veterinarian will be able to determine if and when a dental cleaning is required.
The American Animal Hospital Association recommends that pets two years and older receive semi-annual wellness examinations to catch emerging problems early. Next time you visit, talk with our veterinarians about setting up a customized wellness plan for your pet. Depending on the pet’s age and condition the doctors will develop a plan that best supports your pets wellness needs.