Pets are family, and like the other members of your family, they need regular health checkups so you as the owner can be sure they’re healthy. Many pets—especially cats—are masters at hiding their illnesses, and some conditions might be asymptomatic or evident only with the results of a diagnostic exam. These are all reasons that the wellness exam for your dog or cat is so important.
To keep your pet healthy, Kryder Veterinary Clinic in Granger, IN recommends that you bring your pet in at least once a year for a wellness exam. You can learn more about the importance of the pet wellness exam by viewing our recent video on our Facebook page.
About the Pet Wellness Exam
During a standard wellness exam at our clinic, we examine your pet from nose to tail to check for abnormalities that could indicate an infection or other ailment. The wellness exam includes an assessment of the following:
- Weight: to ensure that weight aligns with recommended Body Condition Score for your pet’s age and breed
- Skin and Coat: to check for dandruff, dry skin, fleas, and other conditions
- Eyes, Nose, & Ears: to check for conditions like cataracts, dry eye, ear mites, and discharge
- Teeth and Gums: to detect tartar build-up, bad breath, and other signs that may indicate gum disease
- Heart and Lungs: to check for heart murmurs, crackles, rales, and other abnormalities
- Legs, Abdomen, and Anal Sac: to check for pain, masses, and other conditions
After the exam, we use the information we gather to create a wellness profile for your pet, so we can monitor their health from year to year. We can also discuss your pet’s diet, behavior, and lifestyle during this visit so we can determine if any changes need to be made.
Common Pet Health Problems
Even if your dog or cat lives indoors primarily or never goes outside at all, there are a number of health problems that they can be at risk for. Some are parasite-related while others are weight-related. Below is a list of five of the most common ailments seen in dogs and cats:
- Dental disease
- Urinary tract disease
While some of these conditions can easily be detected during the standard wellness exam, others may require X-rays or laboratory work to make a more accurate diagnosis. Regardless of the condition, it all begins with the standard physical wellness exam.
If it’s been a while since your pet has been to the vet, or if you’ve noticed any abnormalities in their body or behavior, schedule a wellness exam at Kryder Veterinary Clinic in Granger, IN today!