Routine wellness checks for your dog:
Wellness exams are the cornerstone of preventive care and the key to staying ahead of problems that may be developing and staying on top of any chronic health issues your dog may be experiencing. From puppy care to senior dog healthcare, our team of dedicated veterinarians are here to ensure your dog gets the most out of their routine exams.
A wellness exam is a perfect time to discuss your dog’s activity level, diet and nutrition, preventative options, and any irregularities you may have noticed in their demeanor. Your veterinarian will also perform a physical examination on your dog and recommend any necessary lab work such as fecal, urines, or blood tests.
Our team is dedicated to helping your dog feel at ease through trust, patience, and respect during their appointment so that we can perform a thorough examination.
Dog Wellness Q & A
How often would I bring my dog in for a wellness check?
Since our pups age significantly faster than humans do, we want to be able to keep a close watch over their health and changing needs. Therefore, a wellness examination every 6 months is recommended.
What will my veterinarian look for during a physical exam?
A thorough evaluation from nose to tail is performed to detect any changes or concerns. Our veterinarians will look at your dog’s mouth to identify the level of dental tartar and any areas of gingivitis, growths, or chipped teeth. Eyes are examined for any age-related changes with the lenses, eyelid growths, and general appearance. Ears are assessed for signs of infection. The doctor will listen to your pet’s heart and lungs for any heart murmurs, abnormal rhythms, or wheezing. Palpation of the belly assesses for general comfort, and presence or enlargement of specific organs. Skin is evaluated for rashes, bumps, skin tags, and fleas/flea dirt. Your dog’s gait is evaluated for lameness, pain, or stiffness. A body condition assessment will determine your pet’s ideal weight and any recommendations for diet adjustments or changes with activity can be made.
Is there any additional testing needed beyond a wellness exam?
Annual blood testing for heartworm and tick diseases as well as annual fecal testing for intestinal parasites is standard. A wellness blood panel is highly recommended annually to evaluate organ function and monitor any trends or changes. This allows us to personalize care more thoroughly for your pet to keep them happy and healthy for years to come.