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Pet Wellness Exam FAQ
For superlative pet care, you’ll find none better than here at West Market Veterinary Hospital, your number one veterinarian in Greensboro. At the core of this care is the Greensboro Pet Wellness Exam.
The soundest approach to veterinary care is to do whatever it takes to keep pets healthy through preventive care. Preventive care not only keeps pets healthy, it also saves you what could be significant veterinary expenses due to untoward emergencies later down the line. Our veterinarian recommends that all pet owners bring their pets in for a yearly wellness exam, more frequent for young and older animals. These exams include complete physicals as well as administration of vaccinations.
When we say our veterinarian examines pets from head to toe, that’s what the Greensboro pet wellness exam is all about. The scale is the first stop so we can make sure your pet’s weight is consistent and on target. Then we check the eyes, nose, and ears while evaluating the condition of the coat – an important indicator of a pet’s overall health. We look into the mouth to check for the dental condition. Next is a thorough check of the heart and lungs with the stethoscope followed by a full-body hand-examination to look for lumps or tumors as well as to palpate the internal organs. Finally, we administer all necessary vaccinations.
During the pet wellness exam, the vet determines what vaccinations your pet needs to be protected from dangerous, and even life-threatening diseases. One set of vaccinations is absolutely necessary every year. These core vaccines include the following:
In addition to these essential vaccines are non-core vaccinations that are based on lifestyle. For dogs who frequently socialize with other dogs or who spend time hiking or romping through fields, we might recommend one of the following: canine hepatitis, Lyme disease, and/or Bordatella (kennel cough). For cats, we might suggest one of these vaccinations: feline leukemia, FIV, and Bordetella.
Most pets emerge from their wellness exam with flying colors, but sometimes we discover an issue that needs additional testing. Your veterinarian might need an x-ray to look at the organs and bones, and/or bloodwork to check for disease and certain conditions.
We recommend more frequent exams for both our beloved young and older patients. For the young, we need to give more frequent vaccinations to gradually build up their immunity, and for the seniors, we prefer to see them every 6 months to catch any developing health issues.
The bottom line is this: the pet wellness exam is the key component for keeping your pet healthy. Call our veterinarian in Greensboro to schedule an exam for your pet.