One of the best things you can do for your pet is to keep them healthy by bringing them to a veterinarian for regular exams. Dogs and cats age faster than people, so significant changes in your pet's health can happen in a short time. Wellness exams allow us to diagnose diseases and conditions early when they're easier to treat or manage. Often, we can help prevent diseases entirely just by ensuring that your pet has received appropriate vaccinations and preventives. Call us today at 780-967-2967 to schedule your pet's next wellness exam.
How often should my pet have a veterinary exam?
We recommend that healthy adult dogs and cats visit us once a year. Puppies, kittens, senior pets, and pets with health issues or illnesses need more frequent checkups. Senior pets need two veterinary checkups each year as there are many age-related illnesses they can develop. Puppies and kittens should have approximately two to three veterinary exams to ensure they are developing properly.
What happens during a veterinary exam?
During a veterinary exam, our team will perform a complete physical assessment of your pet. After the physical, we run diagnostic tests such as bloodwork, urine and fecal analysis to detect underlying issues and parasites. The veterinarian will also discuss your pet's vaccination, diet and parasite control plan. Pet parents should share if their pet has had any changes in environment, diet, behaviour or if they've shown any signs of illness.