Bringing your pet in for an annual diagnostic and wellness checkup can help reassure you that your cat or dog is healthy or help us detect hidden diseases or conditions early. Early detection can improve the prognosis of many diseases, keep medical costs down, and help your pet live longer. Many dogs and cats are good at hiding signs that something is wrong, so subtle changes in their health or behaviour might be easy to overlook. And, depending on the disease, some pets don’t show any symptoms.
Dogs and cats age quicker than humans, so it is even more crucial for our companion animals to receive regular exams. In addition, the risks of arthritis, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, hormonedisorders, and kidney and liver problems all increase with age.
During your pet’s wellness exam, the CVH veterinarians will perform a physical assessment, checking your dog or cat from nose to tail. We will also make sure we recommend appropriate vaccinations and preventives for your pet. We will discuss with you a diagnostic workup, which may include blood, faecal, and urine tests to check for parasites and underlying diseases. We will also perform a full dental examination with you, and make recommendations regarding your pets ongoing dental health care. Depending on your pets oral health, we may suggest a dental cleaning in the hospital, special diet or just home dental care.
When your pet is nearing his or her senior years, we will recommend a baseline exam and diagnostic workup so we’ll know what’s normal for your pet. This will enable us to keep track of any changes.
Please let us know if you’ve noticed any physical or behavioural changes in your pet, as well as any other concerns you might have.
Call us today to schedule your pet’s exam! If you have any questions about our adult wellness program, please let us know.