How healthy is your pet?
At first glance, they may seem happy. Their appetite hasn’t changed. Their coat looks as healthy and luxurious as ever. And their general demeanour is the same it has always been
But just like humans, health concerns can lurk under the surface. Your dog may be smart enough to sit, fetch, or come when you call them, but they aren’t smart enough to let you know their stomach feels a little funny. And cats, being solitary creatures in the wild, instinctually hide their injuries. Vocalizing their pain or showing any sort of weakness would just make them vulnerable to their predators.
So, if your animals won’t tell you when they’re ill, what choice do you have? How can you catch health concerns in their early stages and keep your pet at its healthiest?
Simple. Contact Bickford Park Animal Hospital.
Just like your annual checkup with your medical doctor, a wellness exam for your furry friend can help you monitor your pet’s health.
Preventative Veterinary Medicine
In the world of veterinary medicine, much like human medicine, there are often warning signs of a health disorder. These warning signs can include a genetic predisposition toward certain illnesses in your breed or a family history, which encourages us to keep an eye on things.
There are also symptoms of disorders which, when caught early, may be kept in balance through ongoing treatment and monitoring.
In most cases, however, a health concern caught early can make treatment easier on your pet and increase the chances of survival as well as quality of life post-treatment. On top of that, early detection and treatment can often be more affordable than the more aggressive later-stage treatments that are often necessary.
What Is A Veterinary Wellness Exam For Dogs?
It’s a good idea to bring your adult dog to Bickford Park Animal Hospital on a yearly basis, though your veterinarian may recommend you come in more often if you have an older dog, a puppy, or a dog with a chronic illness or disorder that needs monitoring.
Once you bring your dog to Bickford Park Animal Hospital for a wellness examination, your vet will start by asking about your dog’s behaviour and lifestyle. This may include questions about your dog’s:
- Diet and eating habits
- Washroom habits
- Any irregularities in breathing
- Social life (dog parks, play dates, etc.
- Any behavioural changes
- Medical history
Once your vet’s questions are answered, they will begin the physical exam. During this exam, your vet will pay attention to your dog’s general condition, including their weight and any notable wounds or injuries. They’ll check your dog’s coat and skin, looking for oiliness, dandruff, excess shedding or hair loss, and any lumps and bumps, as well as the presence of fleas, ticks, and other surface parasites.
Your vet will also check your dog’s heart, lungs, thyroid, lymph nodes, legs, internal organs, eyes, ears, nose, mouth, and teeth, as well as their alertness and any abnormalities in their stance or walk. They will often request that you bring a recent sample of your dog’s feces to examine.
If your veterinarian believes further tests are in order, they’ll recommend them. Otherwise, they will then offer you a diagnosis of any medical issues discovered and treatment options, as well as recommendations for preventive and proactive steps you can take to improve the health of your dog.
What Is A Veterinary Wellness Exam For Cats?
It’s a good idea to have your adult cat examined once per year, but for older cats, young kittens, or cats with certain health issues, you may need to see a veterinarian more often. Your veterinarian will make the appropriate recommendations for you.
If you’re seeing a veterinarian at Bickford Park Animal Hospital for your cat’s annual wellness exam, you can expect questions about your cat’s lifestyle. This may include things like:
- What type of food they eat, and how much?
- How much water they drink?
- How much exercise they get?
- How much time, if any, they spend outdoors?
- If you’ve noticed any irregularities in their breathing (panting, wheezing)?
- If there are any changes in their litterbox habits (frequency, consistency)?
- Any unusual behaviours?
If this is your first visit to Bickford Park Animal Hospital, your vet may ask you about your cat’s health history, including any illnesses, injuries, or surgeries, as well as their vaccination history.
Then, your veterinarian will perform a physical exam, which involves taking a look at the general appearance of your cat. They will check your cat’s skin, coat, heartbeat, breathing alertness and awareness, weight, eyes, ears, nose, mouth and teeth, lymph nodes, thyroid, legs, and internal organs. Your vet may also request you bring a fresh stool sample to be analyzed.
Based on your vet’s findings, they will then provide you with treatment options and recommendations, from both a preventive and a remedial point of view. This might include vaccinations, parasite control protocols, weight management, or skin, coat, or dental care. It may also include some lifestyle changes as necessary.Veterinary Wellness Exams From Bickford Park Animal Hospital
Veterinary Wellness Exams From
Bickford Park Animal Hospital
The Bickford Park Animal Hospital team includes four experienced and licensed veterinarians, each of which is capable of conducting a veterinary wellness exam for your cat or dog.
Bringing your furry friend to Bickford Park Animal Hospital for a regular wellness exam helps you to detect any health issues that may arise at an early stage. Beyond that, however, it also helps your pet to get to know the surroundings at the clinic and to bond with your vet.
Contact Bickford Park Animal Hospital today to book your veterinary wellness exam for your cat or dog.