Your pet’s health is always our number one priority, which is why for most pets we recommend annual wellness exams to ensure that your animal companion remains in good health. If your pet is a senior–over seven for dogs, over nine for cats–we strongly suggest twice-yearly exams and blood screenings. That’s because pets age more rapidly than humans, meaning disease and illness develop faster as well.
Michigan City Animal Hospital’s veterinarian-performed physical exams comprehensively assess every aspect of your pet’s health. Our doctors are in the best position to recommend how often your pate should have a wellness examination, based on its specific species, breed, health status, and lifestyle. Wellness exams typically include:
- Ear exam
- Eye exam
- Rectal exam
- Dental exam
- Skeletal exam
- Reproductive system exam
- Internal health evaluation
- Neurological evaluation
- Cardiovascular evaluation
- Nutrition consultation
- Behavior counseling
How Often Should My Pet Have a Wellness Examination?
The answer to this question depends on your pet’s age and current health status. For example, early puppyhood wellness exams are recommended on a monthly basis, while for the average adult dog annual wellness examinations are the norm, and for middle-aged or geriatric dogs semi-annual examinations are recommended.
What Should I Bring?
Prepare yourself with some basic information:
- Brand and type of food that your pet eats
- Whether the family feeds any table scraps
- What, if any, supplements are given
- List any noticed problems
- Bring your pet’s collar and leash on them
Many dogs are afraid when they come to the veterinary office and may show this fear as submissive urination, panting, drooling, avoidance, growling, snapping or biting. Most dogs that are aggressive at the veterinary office are exhibiting fear-related aggression. This can be eliminated or reduced through systematic desensitization.
Pet Wellness Exams in Michigan City, IN
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