Our staff believes that a companion animal’s quality of life is just as important as her longevity. Although diagnosing and treating injuries and illness is a large part of what we do, we feel that regular preventive care is just as important. In fact, the prevention of disease is central to the way our veterinarians and technicians practice medicine.
It's important to remember that pets tend to hide their pain from their owners, which means that you may not have any outward indication that something is wrong. Often times, we diagnose a health issue at a wellness exam that comes as a complete surprise to the pet owner. If you don't already bring your pet in for an annual check-up, you may be surprised at what a difference it makes to adopt a proactive approach to healthcare.
What to Expect at Your Pet’s Annual Wellness Exam
At the start of each appointment, your pet's veterinarian reviews his previous health history before checking his weight, pulse, and temperature. We ask about diet, exercise, and behavior to determine if there have been any major changes since his last check-up. The visit will also include some or all of the following:
Administering vaccinations if any are due
Checking for heartworm, fleas, and ticks
Checking for serious diseases such as canine parvovirus or feline leukemia
Inquiring whether you would like to implant a microchip or schedule spay or neuter surgery
Checking your pet's teeth and gums for dental disease
Your pet's veterinarian will discuss any concerns, such as implementing a new parasite control program if necessary or changing your pet's diet to help her lose weight. We encourage you to ask questions and address any concerns you have about your pet's health or behavior at this appointment as well.
Schedule Your Pet's Check-Up Today
Regular wellness exams give us the opportunity to detect health issues with your pet and treat them before they permanently affect his quality of life. When you and Cedar Pet Clinic Lake Elmo work together, your beloved family member can achieve both longevity and optimal wellness. We recommend an annual exam for adult pets, bi-annual exams for senior pets, and a personalized schedule for puppies and kittens. Your veterinarian will recommend a vaccine and check-up schedule when you bring your new pet in for his first appointment.
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