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Posted on 02-22-2018
For a dog or cat, going to an annual veterinary exam is a bit like a human only going to the doctor every five to ten years. This fact highlights the importance of annual exams as preventative care for your pet. Not only does your pet receive valuable protection in the form of vaccinations and parasite preventatives, but he or she also gets a comprehensive screening from our Wichita Falls veterinarian for any hidden conditions that may be present.
An annual exam is considered a wellness visit. The basic goal is to screen your pet for any medical conditions that may not immediately be noticeable and provide preventative care. Preventative care can take many forms, depending on your pet's age and lifestyle:
• Flea and tick preventatives
• Basic health screening
• Nutritional counseling
• Dental care
• Spay and neuter
• Senior blood panels
If you have a new puppy or kitten, their first veterinary exam is an important time. They will receive vaccinations, a basic health screening, and you will be able to discuss any unique risks to their health caused by their breed or lifestyle. Most puppies and kittens require deworming and flea or tick treatment. This is the perfect time to talk about options for spay or neuter, as well.
Adult pets need vaccination boosters and receive a health screening. Senior pets may require blood tests. If your current flea and tick or worm preventative isn't the best option anymore, this is a great time to discuss changing it. Adult exams also provide a baseline for your pet's health. If something is very different from one year to the next, that might signal a problem.
Dental care is an important part of preventative medicine for dogs and cats that often gets overlooked. Many adults and most senior pets have dental disease to some degree. It can be uncomfortable or painful, as well as leading to other associated conditions. We are happy to discuss the proper timing of professional dental care for your pet at their annual wellness exam. Diet can play a part in dental disease, as well as having a role in overall health.
Here at Callfield Companion Animal Clinic, we love seeing your pet when they are well. Our veterinarians enjoy helping sick animals get better, but we also take great pride in helping people keep their pets healthy. Call us today at (940) 692-7000 to schedule a veterinary exam with a Wichita Falls veterinarian for your dog, cat, puppy, or kitten. We also offer boarding!
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