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Most veterinarians recommend that your pet receive a wellness exam on a yearly basis, more often if your pet is older or has been diagnosed with a chronic illness. It is also highly recommended that your bring your pet to a veterinarian immediately if you notice a sudden or even a gradual onset of physical or behavioral changes. The sooner you are able to have a condition diagnosed and treated, the more likely your pet is to make a full recovery.
When you take your pet to the veterinarian for a pet wellness exam, there are several things that will take place. For starters, your vet is going to want to take a look at your pet's dental health. Studies have shown that the majority of pets have some type of dental disease. Depending on what he or she finds, your vet may recommend a dental cleaning for your pet. Your vet can also offer advice on the best day-to-day care to improve your pet's overall dental health. These solutions tend to be very affordable.
In addition to ensuring dental health, your vet will want to make sure your pet is up-to-date on his or her vaccinations. With regular exams your vet may be able to identify disease symptoms early enough to prevent the onset of life-threatening conditions or to develop a proactive treatment plan for chronic health conditions. This can not only extend the life of your pet, but provide him or her with a greater quality of life.
For those who do not want to vaccinate your pet, be aware that in the state of Maine, rabies vaccine is required by law and is necessary for dog registration with your town.
Sometimes during a wellness exam, your vet may need to use further diagnostic screenings to check the overall health of your pet. Such screenings can include urinalysis, blood work, parasite screening, and more. If your pet is suffering from a chronic health condition, it is recommended that you bring your pet in for a wellness exam at least twice a year. As part of a routine wellness exam, the vet will check joint mobility to ascertain if there are flexibility or pain issues, as well as note the condition of your pet’s coat and skin. Poor skin and coat quality could be an indicator of disease and your vet will be able to thoroughly assess whether or not these indicators need to be addressed by additional screening.
The last part of a wellness exam at a veterinary clinic will likely address any flea and tick issues as well as whether or not your pet needs to be spayed or neutered. If you would like to learn more about pet wellness exams, please don't hesitate to contact a professional veterinarian at the Yarmouth Veterinary Center today.
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