Annual Wellness Checks for Pets

best-pet-care-dogWe 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. You can expect your vet to:

1. Complete a health history for your pet, either since your last visit or entire health history if your pet is a new patient.

2. Complete a "nose to tail" physical exam of your pet to:

3. Examine your pet for signs of parasites e.g. fleas, heartworm, and intestinal worms

4. Determine your pet's Body Condition Score and 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.

5. Collect blood, urine and fecal (stool) samples to determine your pet's health "on the inside." Blood and urine measures enable to understand how well your pet's body is working. This informs our care and treatment plans.

6. Talk with you about your pet's vaccinations and vaccinate as appropriate for age and lifestyle.

7. Ask you for your input and to encourage you to ask questions throughout the exam. Some people find it easier if they write their questions down before they come to the appointment. 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.

8. For pet owners reluctant to vaccinate, we can provide you with information about antibody testing for specific viral infections as well as discussing what these test can and cannot tell us.

We ask that you take a moment before your visit to download a Health and Wellness Information form to fill out and bring to your pet's appointment.