Wellness and preventive care are essential to your pet’s ongoing health and wellbeing. Regular wellness exams are one of the most important things to help your pet live a long, healthy, and happy life.
At Bramalea Animal Hospital, we’re pleased to provide our patients with comprehensive, personalized wellness and preventive care services designed to meet their needs while keeping them as healthy as they can be.
The Importance of Pet Wellness Exams
During a wellness examination, our veterinarians establish a baseline for your pet’s health. This means that we get to know what your pet’s like (and what their vital signs are like) when they’re feeling well. As a result, we’re better able to recognize changes in your pet’s health that could indicate early signs of disease.
With regular wellness exams, we can detect and diagnose illnesses before they become serious and begin treatment right away – often before your pet even develops symptoms.
What to Expect During Your Pet's Wellness Exam
Each pet’s appointment begins with a whiskers-to-tail physical examination. We’ll weigh your pet, take their temperature, and listen to their heart and lungs. We also examine your pet’s eyes, ears, paws, mouth, teeth, nose, fur, and skin and the rest of their body to look for any abnormalities or signs of potential disease or injury.
Depending on your pet’s age, condition, and medical history, we might recommend running routine laboratory tests such as a blood test, fecal test, or urinalysis to check your pet’s organ function, look for signs of parasites, and screen your pet for early signs of illness.
Vaccinations and Parasite Prevention
During your pet’s wellness exam, we’ll also talk with you about vaccinations and parasite prevention. We can recommend a personalized list of core and non-core vaccines and parasite preventive medications based on your pet’s lifestyle and exposure risk.
Nutritional, Lifestyle, and Behavioral Counseling
Your pet’s wellness exam is also the perfect time to get all of your pet care questions answered by an expert. In addition to recommending a high-quality diet for your pet, we can provide you with a variety of tips to give your pet the best life possible.
When to Schedule Your Pet's Next Wellness Examination
Healthy adult cats and dogs should visit the veterinarian at least once a year for a checkup and vaccine boosters.
Kittens, puppies, senior pets, and pets who have been diagnosed with chronic health conditions will likely need to visit the veterinarian more frequently for checkups, health screenings, disease monitoring, booster shots, and medication adjustments.