We recommend annual exams for adult pets.
Remembering that 1 year in our life is equal to many years of a pet’s life, this would be the same as your going to the doctor once every 5 or so years. It makes more sense when I think about it like that!
Before the Wellness Exam
To prepare for this, use this link to find and print out a health history form for your pet. Record as much information as you can before you come in. We’ve found that we get a really accurate idea of the pet’s daily life when clients fill in these forms over the days before their appointment.
What to expect during the Wellness Check?
During the exam, you and your vet will talk about your pet’s health and your concerns about their health. The vet will go through the health history of your pet, either updating since the last visit or completing a life health history if your pet is a new patient.
The vet will complete a “nose to tail” physical exam. They will look for signs of parasites e.g. fleas, heartworm, and intestinal worms, skin conditions, and check out your pet’s senses – hearing, sight, smell.
The animal health technician will probably get your pet onto the scale when they arrive. Using this information and a body assessment, the vet can determine your pet’s weight status. Asking about your pet’s food intake will help them complete a nutritional Assessment. Based on these results your vet may make dietary and activity recommendations to improve your pet’s current health and increase your pet’s lifespan.
Part of every Wellness Check is blood, urine and fecal (stool) sample collection. Assessing these samples can tell the vet about the health of your pet “on the inside.”
The vet will want to know when your was last vaccinated (if ever) and what vaccinations were administered.
At any point in the exam you are encouraged to ask questions and seek clarification. We are here to answer any questions that you have about your pet’s diet, health and behaviour. We can also provide you with take-home information that you can read at your leisure.