Veterinary exams are vital to ensuring your feline or canine companion's health. Pets grow so fast and it can be easy to miss the changes on your own. During wellness exams, a veterinarian examines your pet's health and keeps record of any new developments. With each veterinary exam there is also the possibility that our team can diagnose unknown conditions and provide immediate treatment. To book a veterinary exam for your pet, please call us at 403-932-5875.
How often should cats and dogs have veterinary exams?
Ideally, all cats and dogs should be seeing a veterinarian at least once each year. Based on your pet's age and health status they can become more vulnerable to illnesses so your veterinarian will recommend more frequent visits. For puppies and kittens, veterinarians will recommend three wellness exams annually. By doing this, they can establish a parasite prevention routine, ensure your pet is fully vaccinated, and make sure they are developing normally. Senior pets also require bi-annual veterinary exams to get ahead of age-related illnesses they may develop. More frequent exams means our team can adjust your pet's treatment for any known health conditions they have.
What to expect during a veterinary exam?
A veterinary exam is a standard physical checkup. The veterinarian will begin with a thorough examination of your pet's body. They are checking their skin, ears, eyes, lungs, heart, and looking for any indication that your cat or dog is in pain. The veterinarian will also weigh your pet and check their temperature. During the exam you will discuss your pet's diet, behaviour, lifestyle, travel history, and health history. Voicing your concerns can prompt the veterinarian to conduct further testing if needed to ensure your pet is healthy.
How can I prepare for my pet's veterinary exam?
Here are some tips to keep in mind when your pet has a veterinary exam:
- Make a note of all the changes you have observed in your pet; our veterinarians are happy to answer your questions
- Have your pet's health records forwarded to our clinic if they have received treatment elsewhere; we can use the results from their previous diagnostic tests for comparison
- Take a picture of your pet's current medications, foods (including treats), and supplements