The Importance of Annual Pet Exams
The reason for an annual pet exam is simple, medical problems that are detected early can be more easily treated. Plus, pets age at a more rapid pace due to their shorter life span. Therefore, it is important to visit the veterinarian at least once a year. In some cases, our veterinary care team may suggest a wellness exam every six months, especially older pets or those that have advanced medical conditions. Certain breeds are also prone to health problems and may need to be seen more often. Our veterinarian at Grand Park Animal Clinic in Katy, TX, can perform a thorough annual pet exam for your furry friend.
What Happens During an Annual Pet Exam?
Be sure to come in with a list of any questions or concerns that you may have about your pet. Our veterinary care team will also ask some questions about your pet's behavior and lifestyle to paint a clear picture of your pet’s health. Your pet will be weighed and his or her temperature will be taken. The veterinarian will listen to the heart and lungs, inspect the coat, paws, and nails, and feel the pet's abdomen. Eyes, ears, and nose will also be looked at as well as the mouth. Dental health is an important part of pet wellness. The vet will look for any signs of tartar, broken teeth, or other issues in the mouth.
Keeping Your Pet Healthy
Our team may recommend a dental cleaning and/or x-rays to take a look at the jaw and under the gum line. Vaccinations will also be discussed. If your pet is due for any vaccines, they will be given during the annual exam. Blood, urine, or fecal work will be done if needed and this visit is also an excellent opportunity for deworming. Our team will give any advice if necessary about nutrition, behavior, or anything of note from the exam.
Medical problems that are caught early often have the best outcomes for resolution. Let us help you keep your furry friend happy and healthy. Call Grand Park Animal Clinic in Katy, TX, today at (281) 392-3127 to schedule an appointment.