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What to Expect at Your Pet’s Wellness Exam

There are plenty of reasons to take your four-legged companion for regular wellness exams. Pets age six to 10 years for every human year. Health wise, that’s a lot of aging in a one year period. Plus, your beloved companion cannot tell you when they don’t feel good. Wellness exams are a vital part of keeping your pet healthy and feeling good. As a matter of fact, Leonardtown Veterinarian Dr. Fenwick recommends two wellness exams a year for canines and felines.

What is a Pet Wellness Exam?

Pet wellness exams are comprehensive exams from nose to tail. It includes examining your pet’s major body systems to check and see how systems and organs are functioning. These examinations are vital to the long-term well being of your pets.

  • Weight: A wellness exam includes having your pet weighed. If your pet is overweight, Dr. Fenwick will advise you of how your pet can attain a healthier weight through nutritional counseling, exercise and healthy pet foods.
  • Coat, Skin and Eyes: Your pet’s skin and coat are good indicators of their general health. Dr. Fenwick will look for any skin rashes and allergies and evaluate the health of the coat. During an eye examination, our veterinarian will examine the eye’s structures and check for abnormal responses to light. For older pets, vets will especially be on the lookout for cataracts. Not only can cataracts cause blurry vision, it can lead to blindness if not treated.
  • Ears: An examination is done of the ear drums, ear flaps and deeper ear canals. Dr. Fenwick looks for ear mites, infections, redness and tumors.
  • Mouth and Nose: With a dental inspection, veterinarians check for swelling, abnormal masses and abnormal smells. A dental examination also helps identify indications of periodontal disease. The veterinarian will also check your pet’s nose for any discharges.
  • Full-Body Check: During a full-body check, the vet will feel and manipulate your pet’s abdomen, anal sacs, legs and joints for pain, range of motion limitations and abnormal lumps. A stool sample is taken to check for parasites.
  • Heart and Lungs: Dr. Fenwick uses a stethoscope to listen to the heart and lungs in order to identify abnormal lung sounds or heart murmurs.
  • Other Services:  There are also other services that may be performed during a wellness exam, including routine vaccinations. Aging pets may also have blood tests to check the function of internal organs.

Need More Information Contact Breton Veterinary Hospital

As a strong advocate of preventative medicine, we offer regular wellness exams and treatments for cats and dogs at the Breton Veterinary Hospital in Leonardtown. We do a comprehensive wellness exam, give vaccinations, dispense medications and review lab work with you. Plus, we’re always happy to answer any of your questions and address any of your concerns. From start to finish, our wellness exams take about an hour. If your pet hasn’t had a wellness exam, schedule one with us today. Our mission is to keep your pet healthy and happy, and we provide high quality patient care for all of our four-legged visitors.