Most of us will visit our doctor at least once a year. It’s simple and easy because we have the ability to tell the doctor exactly how we are feeling. “I have headaches, ” “my stomach hurts,” “I’ve been tired lately. “ A yearly visit for us is comparable to your pet visiting the veterinarian every 5-7 years! In addition, your furry friends cannot walk into the office and tell us where it hurts, what they’ve been eating, or how they’ve been feeling, as much as we wish they could for just one day. For these reasons, an annual or even semi-annual wellness exam is so vital to the health and well-being of your pet.
Pets age more rapidly than we do, and most are considered seniors by age eight, which is why they require more frequent physical exams. Regular visits enable your veterinarian to provide the preventative care needed to keep your pet healthy and happy. Annual exams often give your veterinarian the opportunity to detect early signs of illness or disease, and early detection can lead to a proactive treatment approach, or even a cure. Illnesses caught in the early stages can often be treated in less time, with less expense, and may lead to a longer and healthier life for your pet.
You know your pets best and and share a special bond with them, but sometimes it is difficult for them to communicate, especially when their natural instincts tell them to hide any symptoms of illness. Your vet understands this, and knows the signs to look for when your pet isn’t completely healthy. During a physical exam, they will thoroughly check your pet from “nose to tail,” and will often recommend bloodwork which is a key tool in monitoring your pet’s organ function.
A physical exam is one of the most important investments you can make to ensure your pet’s health and well-being. When you remember that your pet’s annual exam is like visiting your doctor every 7 years, the importance becomes clear. Also, we really enjoying seeing your pets, and when it’s only every few years we really miss them.