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Aside from the special opportunity to meet or get to know your pet a little better, our comprehensive veterinary exams promote overall health and well-being. Scheduled every 6–12 months, this appointment focuses on preventive practices. Sometimes, this routine visit leads us to pursue more knowledge about a pet’s overall well-being. Diagnostics or procedures can follow the wellness exam, all in an effort to detect and treat health conditions long before they cause lasting problems. 

Simple Guidelines

Our pets age faster than we do. Puppies and kittens have an accelerated period of growth and development, and are comparable to human adolescents by the age of one. The rate of aging somewhat plateaus by the second birthday. Depending on a pet’s breed, a single human year is roughly equivalent to 4–7 years. Larger breeds age faster than smaller breeds. 

By the time a pet is about 6 or 7 years old, they are considered middle aged or seniors. Common age-related conditions increase the importance of twice yearly wellness appointments. 

Before Your Pet Arrives

Pets can look normal and behave the same, and yet have health problems that go undetected until examined and/or diagnosed. Animals are adept at hiding symptoms, and owners can be surprised by test results indicating disease. For these reasons, it is critical to stay on top of routine wellness exams. In essence, we can help you prevent any issues affecting your pet’s overall health.

All the Details

Before physically examining your pet, we are keen to learn as much as possible about their diet, exercise, behavior, lifestyle, and bathroom habits. We take a reading of their weight and compare present results with previous ones. 

Our comprehensive veterinary exam assesses the appearance and feel of your pet’s coat, skin,  teeth, eyes, ears, and general body condition. We look at their posture, gait, and note any details pertaining to odor. Arthritis and joint health is commonly discussed in senior pet appointments

Listening to the heart and lungs helps us understand heart rate and rhythms, or evidence of breathing issues. Palpating the chest, abdomen, and lymph nodes can help us understand any possible abnormalities. 

Nose to Tail and More

Our comprehensive veterinary exam also includes parasite prevention practices, vaccination recommendations, and answers to any questions related to a pet’s behavior or lifestyle. 

Sometimes, routine blood work, fecal testing, urinalysis, and X-rays may be ordered to learn more about a pet’s health. If excessive plaque and tartar are present on the teeth, we may recommend a dental cleaning under anesthesia. 

A Bright Future

By maintaining a proactive approach to your pet’s health and wellness, you are positively impacting their future. If you have any questions about our comprehensive veterinary exam, or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (732) 531‑1212. Our staff at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital look forward to helping your pet.