Much like your annual exam at a doctor's, your pet also benefits from a pet wellness exam on a regular basis. St. Francis Hospital for Animals in Oakdale recommends that your furry family members get checked out with this comprehensive physical exam so you can rest assured they're in good health, especially as they get older.
What is a Pet Wellness Exam?
Pets go through several life stages that have their own health risks and concerns. This type of exam keeps a close eye on your pet health so that there's early warning of illnesses and other conditions that could affect them. If your pet already suffers from a physical condition or a disease, the pet wellness exam can track the progression and whether it's improving, getting worse, or responding to treatment.
The Benefits of a Pet Wellness Exam
When you bring your pet in to a veterinarian at our animal hospital for a pet wellness exam, you'll see quite a few benefits. The first is the peace of mind that you get for knowing that they are healthy and happy year over year. This is also a good time to get boosters of their regularly vaccines and to talk to your vet about any behavioral or health concerns that may have come up over the past year.
Another benefit of this visit is getting several preventative tests run to determine whether there are any early indicators of serious illness. Blood, urine, and fecal tests are frequently performed as part of the wellness exam procedure. The exact battery of tests run depends on your pet's species and whether they are in their young, adult, senior, or geriatric stage of life.
How Often Does Your Companion Need a Pet Wellness Exam?
Typically, your pet would get an annual pet wellness exam unless you had reason to bring them in more often. Senior and geriatric pets benefit from having more frequent exams, such as one every six months, so that you can catch diseases typical of that age in the early stages for appropriate treatment. Another reason to bring a pet in for exams more often is if they have a disease that compromises their immune system, such as Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) in cats.
Want to make an appointment for a pet wellness exam today? Contact us at St. Francis Hospital for Animals in Oakdale today to set one up.