Routine wellness exams from our veterinarians at Affordable Pet Vet Clinic focus on preventive care. Annual or twice-yearly wellness exams help ensure your pet maintains good health throughout their lifetime.
The Importance of Preventive Care
Annual routine exams are pet checkups, critical to helping your dog or cat maintain good long-term physical health.
Combined with regular vaccinations, parasite prevention and proper nutrition, these routine examinations include regular physical checkups to give your pet the best chance at optimal lifelong health.
Routine exams allow your veterinarian to check up on your dog or cat's overall health, offer advice on preventing serious health issues from developing, and catch issues early, when they are most treatable.
What to Expect During Your Cat or Dog's Checkup
When you visit Affordable Pet Vet Clinic for your pet's wellness exam your veterinarian will give your furry friend a thorough physical examination to get a complete picture of their overall health. An exam includes the following elements:
Your pet's general demeanour and physical condition provide important clues to their overall health. How your dog or cats stands and walks, their level of alertness, and whether they are a healthy weight for their size are all important indicators of health.
Coat & Skin
We will check your pet's skin and coat for signs of issues, such as excessive oiliness or dryness, lumps, bumps, dandruff or abnormal hair loss or shedding.
Face & Head
Your furry friend's eyes, ears and nose will be examined for abnormalities or discharge.
Your veterinarian will also check your pet's mouth for any signs of oral health problems such as plaque buildup or periodontal disease which can cause painful symptoms for your dog or cat.
Heart rate and rhythm, pulse and blood pressure are vitally important to your dog or cat's heart health. Your vet will test these to ensure they're normal.
Your pet's lungs will then be examined for evidence of any breathing abnormalities or difficulties.
Lymph nodes will be checked for pain or swelling, and your vet will also examine the abdomen to ensure the intestines, kidneys, bladder, spleen, liver and stomach all feel normal, and that your animal is not exhibiting any signs of discomfort.
Puppies & Kittens
Puppies and kittens need proper medical attention in their first few weeks of life to get them off to their healthiest possible start.
We'll give your new best friend a complete physical examination, provide appropriate immunizations and administer deworming medication. We will also test your puppy or kitten for intestinal parasites.
You'll be provided with a puppy or kitten welcome kit filled with educational material and samples to help you care for the newest member of your family.
We hope that you will feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have about caring for your new pet, both at your appointments or following your visits with us.
Once your pet's initial appointment is complete, you will return periodically for your dog or cat's essential booster shots.
With recent advances in veterinary medical knowledge and care, as well as newer therapies and better nutrition, geriatric dogs and cats continue to live longer than ever.
As your pet ages, regular wellness examinations become increasingly important to ensure their continuing health and longevity.
In addition to the annual routine procedures we perform on all adult pets, we will give special attention to your senior pet's potential age-related conditions, such as arthritis or decreased vision. Additional laboratory tests will also provide information about your geriatric pet's overall health.
Vaccinations & Prevention
During your pet's routine wellness exam, the veterinarian will also check whether they require preventive care, or if your dog or cat is due for any routine vaccinations.