Most pet owners know that pet wellness exams are important to the overall health of their furry companions. After all, we see the doctor and dentist regularly, so it only makes sense that our pets do the same, right?
If only it were that easy. Often, there are obstacles that prevent pets from seeing their veterinarian. Whether it’s financial constraints or the sheer difficulty of getting an unwilling pet into their carrier, millions of American pets miss out on critical services that could improve the quality and length of their lives.
If you’ve been feeling guilty about your pet’s lack of wellness care, the team at Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital wants you to know it’s never too late to improve your pet’s wellness regimen. Let’s get started!
Vaccinations and Beyond
If you only bring your pet to the veterinarian when they’re sick, they’re missing out on preventive care that could make a positive impact on their lives. In addition to the administration of vaccines, the annual wellness exam (or biannual for senior pets) is a time for your veterinarian to establish a baseline for your pet using the results from their nose-to-tail exam and other diagnostics.
Making the Most of Pet Wellness Exams
At Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital, we know how important it is to develop a strong rapport with pet owners. We encourage people to share their observations, questions, and concerns with us in order to get the most out of each wellness visit.
Physical and behavioral aspects of your pet’s health to consider include:
- Changes in appetite or thirst
- Condition of the coat and/or skin
- Changes in activity level or interest in people, toys, etc.
- Changes in urination or defecation habits or appearance
- Weight gain or loss
- Changes in vision or hearing
- Nose or eye discharge
- Changes in breath or body odor
- Physical sensitivity/pain
- Changes in mobility
- Changes in behavior, such as aggression, withdrawal, or excitability
When both you and your veterinarian have a good grasp of what’s “normal” for your pet in terms of weight, appearance, behavior, and diagnostics, it’s much easier to spot potential health problems before it’s too late.
Are you ready to take the first step toward a longer, happier, and healthier life for your furry best friend? Please give us a call to schedule an appointment. We can’t wait to see you and your pet!