Keeping your pet in a healthy condition is a big part of veterinary care at Alexander At The Park Veterinary Hospital in Durham, NC. We are here for emergencies, and to help sick animals get well, but we also believe that prevention is the best thing you can do to keep your pets healthy. We recommend a yearly checkup, which includes things like vaccinations and a general check-up. Catching any medical problems early can keep an illness from getting worse and prevent various diseases in certain conditions.
What Is a Wellness Exam?
Similar to what people have during yearly physical exams, a pet wellness exam is a complete physical examination. The veterinarian will check the pet over from head to tail and will take into consideration what he or she knows about the pet, and about the breed of the pet in general. An examination may include drawing a blood sample, urinalysis, and a stool sample. The purpose is to keep your healthy pet in that healthy condition.
Examining a Healthy Pet
The veterinarian will consider the medical history of the pet if it is a regular patient or may ask you to fill out a checklist on the pet's health history if you are a new patient. You should also point out any concerns you have at this time, which will help the veterinarian assess the overall condition of your pet. The vet will inspect the pet for anything unusual and will check the heart rate, breathing rate, and temperature to get all of the vital stats. Blood work and urine samples may also be examined in the laboratory.
Why You Should Have It Done
Wellness exams are done for different reasons at various stages of a pet's life. At the puppy or kitten stage it is a matter of establishing a baseline for that pet, and doing any preventative care the vet feels is needed. For healthy adult animals, it is a good way to detect the early signs of dental problems or various diseases that animals can get. Early diagnosis can often prevent illnesses or can make them less harmful. For a senior pet, it is a matter of maintaining health and monitoring any medical condition. Many times senior pets are examined every six months as they need more care.
Veterinary Care in Durham, NC
Call Alexander At The Park Veterinary Hospital in Durham, NC, today at 919-484-9900 to schedule an appointment for your pet's annual physical examination. Whether your pet is a regular patient of ours or you are looking for a new veterinarian, we are here to help keep your pet healthy. A little prevention can go a long way to keep your furry friend happy and healthy for years to come.