Veterinary exams are necessary to support your pet through all stages of their life. Each year your pet goes through various changes, some are good, and others can be a threat to their health. When your cat or dog has routine veterinary checkups, the veterinarian can keep tabs on those changes.
How often should I take my pet to the vet?
Having at least one veterinary exam each year is standard for all pets. Depending on your pet's health status and age your veterinarian may recommend more frequent visits. Older pets need more frequent visits so they can be screened for age-related illness and to monitor existing conditions. Senior pets should have bi-annual veterinary exams. Puppies and kittens will also need three yearly exams to check if they are developing properly.
What happens if I never take my pet to see a veterinarian?
Your pet's health remains at risk when they don't have routine checkups. Even if you believe your pet is healthy, they could have underlying conditions that are progressing as the years go by. Some of these health issues can even shorten your pet's life or even be passed on to you. The earlier your pet's issue gets diagnosed the easier it is to manage their condition.
What should I expect during a veterinary exam?
The veterinarian will want to know about your pet's diet, lifestyle, symptoms, and any changes you have noticed in their behaviour. A full physical examination will be conducted – we will listen to their heartbeat and breathing, check their temperature, weight, eyesight, hearing, cognitive response and look for anything abnormal on their body. Based on our findings, the veterinarian may recommend additional testing like bloodwork or imaging diagnostics. You can also ask questions about your pet's development and care. We will also discuss vaccination, deworming and other preventative measures to help care for your loyal companion.