Yearly Pet Exams- Essential To A healthy Pet
Yearly Pet Exams:
It is recommended that your pet have a complete physical examination every year to ensure that they are happy and healthy. A yearly pet exam will allow your veterinarian to check the overall physical condition of your pet. During the exam the doctor will check you pet's vital signs and listen to your pet's heart and lungs to check for any abnormalities. She'll check the skin and coat, eyes and teeth, and do an overall nose to tail health assessment and make recommendations as necessary. Your pet may receive vaccinations at this time, based on his/her environmental risk factors . An annual Veterinary exam can catch diseases at a treatable stage, and can save you money on more expensive services later on.
Just like humans, an annual physical exam is recommended for our pets as well. If your dog has existing medical issues or if your dog is getting older he may even need more frequent examinations. To help keep your pet in optimum health we recommend that any recently adopted pets should receive their first examination within your first few weeks of ownership. Our veterinarians, Dr. Suzan Watkins, DVM and Dr. Christine O’Connell, DVM will be sure to make your pet feels comfortable and will ensure a thorough examination of your pet’s health. Your pet’s exam will include detailed discussion of your pet’s care and preventative care that can help prevent serious health problems.
What is included in a Yearly Pet Exam
Your pet may not be able to tell you what is wrong, but our examinations focus on discovering the source of your pet’s problem, or indeed prevent them before they arise. Your pets exam will include our veterinarians looking at:
- Vaccination status- we will check to make sure that your pet is caught up on all their required vaccinations.
- Parasite control for pets- we will check for common parasites such as fleas, ticks, heartworms and intestinal parasites.
- Full dental checkup – we will check for any signs of periodontal disease, pain, or mouth odors
- Pet Nutrition – we will discuss your pet’s nutritional health
- Exercise – how much exercise your dog receives and any changes in your dog's ability or drive to exercise
- Ears and Eyes – any discharge, redness, or itching
- Behavior – any behavior problems such as barking, 'accidents,' or changes in temperament
- Coat and skin – any changes in your pets coat such as hair loss, pigment changes, lumps, itchy spots, shedding, mats, or anal sac problems
- Blood tests – especially important for our pets with medical problems, to ensure they maintain their health
Schedule a yearly exam with Your Allenstown Veterinarian Today
Call Allenstown Animal Hospital today to schedule an yearly checkup for your pet with our team. We’re dedicated to providing you with exceptional care. We have proudly been providing complete health care for pets in Bow, Concord, Epsom, Hooksett, Pembroke, Manchester and Allenstown for over 25 years!. Call us today: 603-485-7133.