Welcome to our veterinary wellness exam information page at Town & Country Animal Hospital. Here, we've gathered answers to many of the common questions that our clients have about wellness exams. Please see the answers below.
How old should my pet be for a wellness exam?
Baby, adult, and senior pets all need wellness examinations. Puppies and kitties will generally have their first vet visit by 6 or 7 weeks of age, to have a routine screening and begin receiving their shots.
How often does my pet need a wellness exam?
After puppyhood, one annual wellness exam should be sufficient unless your veterinarian recommends otherwise. If your pet has a chronic illness, or is a senior pet, your vet may recommend having exams every 6 months to address your pet's health needs.
What happens during a wellness exam?
At a typical wellness exam, one of our veterinarians here at Town & Country Animal Hospital will examine your pet's appearance from head to toe. Our vet will check your pet's ears, eyes, teeth, paws, and feel their pulse. He or she will also ask you questions about your pet's appetite, behavior, and daily life. The vet will listen to your pet's heartbeat and lungs, and palpate the major organs to check for abnormalities.
Do I need to bring anything to the exam?
You will need to bring your pet. Cats should be in cat carriers. Dogs may be in carriers or leashed; dogs cannot be brought into the waiting room off leash to protect the safety of other pets. You may need to bring a stool sample or a urine sample so your pet's feces can be analyzed; the receptionist should let you know whether this is needed when confirming the appointment.
While there is nothing else you need to bring, you should reflect on your pet's behavior and note any changes that you wish to address with the vet. This way, you will not forget to discuss your pet's new habit, weight gain, or other concern with the vet.
What if the vet orders tests/screenings?
In some cases, the vet may recommend tests or screenings. While this can be scary, try not to get alarmed. Your vet may have found an abnormality during the exam, or early evidence of a chronic health condition like diabetes. Further testing can identify or rule out an underlying medical condition and help our staff provide the right care for your pet throughout his or her life.
What if I have concerns about my pet's behavior?
If you have any concerns about your pet's quality of life or want to address a new behavior, this is the perfect time to do that. If our vet thinks that your pet needs any tests, vaccinations, or other screenings.
If we have not answered your question, please call the office and one of our veterinary staff will be happy to take your question. We look forward to seeing your pet at his or her annual wellness exam.