The Importance of Annual Exams for Pets
Your pet is healthy, so why come in for an annual exam? If your pet gets sick, you’ll just schedule an appointment then, so why does your pet need a physical exam from a veterinarian each year?
Those are common questions when it comes to annual wellness exams. Like many veterinary hospitals, and even your own physician or dentist, we recommend annual exams for all pets. It’s even more important for our pets who age faster than the calendar years.
Consistent exams give us a benchmark.
An annual exam gives us the opportunity to benchmark and monitor your pet’s needs compared to their normal. It allows us the chance to assess general health parameters and answer key questions, such as: What is a healthy weight for them to try to maintain, and how has that weight fluctuated since last year? What is their best diet for that stage of life? These are some of the factors that help us to create a baseline for your pets. Understanding the history and what’s normal for your unique pet can better help us identify red flags or react quicker should an emergency strike.
Exams can help us catch more serious issues earlier.
Just like in humans, sometimes the bodies of our pets can change without our knowing it. And especially since our pets can’t talk to us, pet owners may not know about a problem until it’s more serious. Routine examinations may help us to read some of these warnings signs before outward symptoms are apparent, oftentimes saving pet owners money in the long run and keeping your pet from unnecessary extended pain. We are big believers of preventative care and annual exams are a great way to practice prevention early.
Physicals help us serve your pet’s needs as they age.
As our pets age and their bodies change, there are certain lifestyle and perhaps medical adjustments that need to be made. More consistent routine blood work becomes more important for our senior friends to check for medication needs or adjustments based on their benchmark health and your veterinarian can work with you on any changes that need to be made to your pet’s lifestyle. Sometimes different foods are recommended or new exercise plans to cater to aging pets to keep them as healthy and happy as possible during all stages of life!
If you’re new to our facility, please plan to bring any existing paperwork or records from your previous veterinarian; this includes any referrals as well. If you’re not able to obtain those files, not to worry – if you provide us with the name and contact information of your previous veterinary care provider, we’d be happy to contact them for you!
Physical examinations are a way for veterinarians to help keep your pet as healthy and happy as possible, and help prepare for any emergencies by catching problems or abnormalities as early as possible. Should you have additional questions about the importance of annual exams or schedule one for your pet, please give us a call today.