Similar to people, our pets also need regular wellness care to make sure they’re staying healthy over the years. These exams allow us to find signs of illness in the earliest stages, which benefits both your pet and your wallet. The earlier we can begin treatment on potentially life-threatening conditions, the better off your pet will be. Our animal hospital offers pet wellness exams in Fayetteville, Huntsville and the surrounding areas.
What Happens at a Wellness Exam
What do veterinarians look for in an annual physical exam of your pet? We’ll check your pet from nose to tail, inside and out. We’ll take a peek inside your furry friend’s ears for signs of infection and in their mouth for periodontal disease. We look at the quality of their skin, coat and nails and test the range of motion in their legs. Palpation of the abdomen can let us know if there are any irregularities in their internal organs or indicate signs of a tumor. We’ll listen to their heart for irregular rhythms and their lungs for wheezing or abnormal breathing.
Why Annual Exams
Our pets age much more quickly than we do. Imagine going decades of your life without going to the doctor! Regular wellness exams for pets in Fayetteville are the best way to ensure that we can get ahead of any health problems — or prevent them entirely. Our veterinarians know the warning signs of future illness and can help you make lifestyle changes for your pet that may delay or prevent them. Overweight and inactive dogs are at a higher risk for many diseases, while cats with a history of urination problems might need a special kidney-sensitive diet.
Senior pets and animals with chronic illnesses may need to come on in to the clinic more often for checkups and testing.