As pet owners, we all want our furry friends to live long, healthy, and happy lives. One of the most important things we can do to ensure their health and wellbeing is to schedule annual wellness exams with our veterinarians.

Annual wellness exams allow veterinarians to catch potential health issues before they become more serious. During these exams, your veterinarian will perform a physical examination, check your pet’s weight and vital signs, and ask about any changes in your pet’s behavior or health since their last visit.

In addition to the physical exam, your veterinarian may recommend additional tests, such as bloodwork or urinalysis, to screen for potential health issues that may not be apparent during the exam. This can include issues such as kidney disease, liver disease, or diabetes.

Preventative care is another important aspect of wellness exams. Your veterinarian may recommend vaccinations or parasite prevention to help protect your pet from diseases and parasites that can be harmful to their health. Regular dental exams and cleanings can also help prevent periodontal disease, which can lead to more serious health issues if left untreated.

Perhaps most importantly, wellness exams provide an opportunity to build a relationship with your veterinarian. Your veterinarian can answer any questions you may have about your pet’s health or behavior, and offer advice on how to care for your pet at home. They can also offer guidance on nutrition, exercise, and other lifestyle factors that can affect your pet’s overall health and wellbeing.

At Dunloggin Veterinary Hospital, we believe in the importance of annual wellness exams for pets. We recommend scheduling these exams once a year for most pets, and more frequently for senior pets or those with chronic health issues. If it’s been a while since your pet’s last exam, give us a call today to schedule an appointment. Your furry friend will thank you!