Pets are such an important part of our lives. At North Hills Veterinary Clinic, it’s our responsibility to help you make sure your pets are healthy and strong. As a result, they are more likely to live an active, long life. We believe that annual preventive exams are a vital part of keeping your four-legged friend healthy.
Pets are experts at hiding pain and illness, so their symptoms may be hard to recognize. When you bring your pet for an annual checkup, your veterinarian will do a thorough “nose-to-tail” examination to ensure your pet is fit and healthy. Your veterinarian will also be able to identify any problems your pet may be having earlier, before it becomes more serious, thus preventing unnecessary illness for your pet and expense to you.
What to expect at a preventive exam
From the moment you walk through our door, we will do everything we can to make sure you and your pet feel welcome, calm, and comfortable. During your pet’s preventive exam, your veterinarian will do the following:
- Thoroughly examine your pet to ensure there are no physical problems
- Closely inspect your pet’s teeth and gums, since good dental care is essential to your pet’s overall health
- Review all vaccinations and ensure your pet is up to date on all preventive care
- Do basic blood work, if necessary
- Discuss any questions you may have regarding the exam, nutrition, behavior, or any other issue you may have
- Discuss the importance of de-worming and parasite prevention—Many parasites can be transmitted from your pet to you or your loved ones
How often should I bring my pet for a preventive exam?
The age of your pet generally determines how often to bring him or her in for a check-up. Puppies and kittens need to come more frequently in the first weeks and months of their lives in order to receive needed vaccinations and preventive care.
Once they are past the puppy or kitten phase, we recommend adult pets see us once a year, until the age of seven. When a pet gets older, it’s important to schedule twice-yearly exams. More frequent exams for older pets mean that any health problems that may develop can be caught early, before they become serious.