Dog & Cat Wellness Exams
When it comes to wellness for both humans and animals, regular care is essential to maintaining good health. To ensure they receive the level of care they deserve and to give them their best chance at living long, healthy and happy lives, we recommend our feline and canine patients have at least one wellness exam per year.
Why Are Pet Wellness Exams So Important?
The main purposes of pet wellness exams are prevention and early detection. As with humans, effective treatment of diseases and other conditions often depends on diagnosing and treating the condition before it has had a chance to progress and develop into a serious health problem. An annual wellness exam, provides our veterinarian a chance to perform a thorough physical evaluation of your pet – from whiskers to tail – to ensure the early detection of any developing health concerns.
What Happens During a Pet Wellness Exam?
We tailor our pet wellness exams to your individual pet’s age, lifestyle, existing conditions and even your pet’s breed. An annual wellness exam is a complete health screening. During this examination, our veterinarian looks for signs of tooth decay, infection, musculoskeletal issues, allergies, parasites and other potential health concerns. We maintain a record of each of your pet’s exams to use as a health marker for reference at future appointments. Any drastic changes in physical appearance, behavior, weight or other symptoms can signify a health problem.
During an annual wellness exam, our veterinarian will discuss your pet’s:
- vaccination schedule
- nutrition and diet
- weight management
- parasite control and prevention
Your pet’s wellness exam also gives you an opportunity to talk with our veterinarian about any concerns you have regarding your pet, his or her lifestyle, behavior, diet or other issues. A pet’s healthcare greatly depends on the partnership between caregivers and veterinarians. We strive to provide pet parents with the information and tools they need to keep their pets healthy and happy.
Getting to Know Our Woodland Park Patients
At Compassion Animal Hospital, we love getting acquainted with our patients. When we know your pets, they feel more comfortable visiting our office. This familiarity reduces the stress and anxiety some pets experience when visiting the veterinary clinic. When pets visit us for positive wellness appointments, we get the time to become more familiar. In addition to scheduling regular wellness exams, we encourage you to stop by with your pets to say hello anytime to help familiarize your dogs or cats with our staff and hospital environment.