Often times, pet owners think that the only times to bring their pet in for an exam is for a first visit or when their pet is ill. Just like people, dogs need regular wellness checkups to reassure that they are healthy. Wellness exams and screening diagnostics are also important as a preventative measure to detect hidden diseases or catch conditions earlier. Many dogs are good at hiding signs that something is wrong, so a subtle change in their health or behavior might be easy to overlook. Depending on the disease or condition, some dogs won’t show any symptoms at all. Dog’s age quicker than humans, so it is crucial for our animals to receive regular exams.
What To Expect At A Wellness Exam
During an adult or puppy wellness exam, a thorough physical assessment will be performed, checking your dog from nose to tail. We will discuss any necessary vaccinations and preventives. Diagnostic work will be completed, which may include blood, fecal, and urine tests to check for parasites and any underlying diseases. We will also evaluate your pet’s dental health.
Preparing For An Adult Puppy Wellness Exam
When scheduling an appointment for your dog’s wellness exam, you should ask the veterinarian or receptionist if you should fast your dog before the visit. You should also ask if you will need to bring urine or fecal samples with for your visit. Come prepared with some basic information, such as the brand and type of food that your dog eats, whether your dog eats table scraps if your dog is taking any supplements and whether your dog has been showing signs of any new or weird behaviors. A wellness exam is a great time to ask any and all questions you may have about caring for your pet.
How Often Your Dog Should Have A Wellness Examination
How often your dog should have a wellness exam depends on your dog’s age and current health. During early puppyhood, a wellness exam is needed every 3-4 weeks for vaccines and dewormings. For adult dogs, wellness examinations should be done twice a year. For older and geriatric dogs, examinations might be needed three or four times a year, depending on how well they’re aging. It is important to remember that pets age at a faster rate than people. It is not uncommon for people to believe that one calendar year equates to seven years in a dog’s life. In reality, one calendar year could equate to anywhere from four to fifteen years in a human’s life.