Each year, it’s likely you get a notice from your doctor to come in for a check-up that probably includes blood work and other tests to ensure you’re in tip-top shape. After all, annual exams are important to your health. Maintaining annual wellness exams for our pets is equally important.

We no longer take a treatment-only approach to health care, and we now view prevention as the key to good health. Veterinary medicine also focuses on preventive care as the best way to increase well-being, decrease the likelihood of certain diseases, and extend quality of life and longevity.

Keep reading to learn more about the merits of good pet wellness care for your four-legged companion!

Annual Wellness Care for Cats and Dogs

Having your pet examined each year (or more) may seem like something you can skip if your pet is doing fine. However, these examinations can also prevent problems later on, saving your pet from unnecessary pain and illness (and save you money as well!).

At Blue Valley Animal Hospital, we offer many services during your pet’s visit, including:

  • Thorough head-to-tail physical examination
  • Inspection of dental health, as well as ear and eye health
  • Assessment of mobility and muscle mass
  • Assessment of skin and coat health
  • Blood testing for basic health and additional testing based on findings or age
  • Urinalysis and fecal sample
  • Nutrition and behavior consultation
  • Individualized parasite prevention and vaccinations

Your pet’s regular exams are a great way for us to establish a baseline of health, which is your pet’s normal health state. From there, it’s much easier and quicker to determine when anything is wrong, which encourages early intervention and a better prognosis.

During your pet’s wellness exam, we take the time to get to know you and your pet, address any questions or concerns, and provide recommendations. We want you to get the most out of these visits and feel empowered to provide the best for your furry loved one.

Tips for At-Home Pet Wellness

We’re also excited to let you know that good pet wellness care doesn’t just end with your pet’s veterinary exam. It’s something that can be practiced each day. Here are some recommendations to establish a great foundation at home:

  • Take daily walks or get other forms of exercise (at least 20 minutes a day). Play is essential for all pets.
  • Provide your pet with enriching activities, such as a cat perch or tree and challenging toys for dogs.
  • Feed your pet a quality diet observing correct portion sizes; avoid giving out too many treats.
  • Daily grooming and tooth brushing are excellent ways to encourage health.
  • Keep a journal of your pet’s daily activities and habits so you have a good handle on any changes in health and energy (there are some great apps out there for this).

If we can answer any other questions about the importance of pet wellness, please give us a call.