Wellness exams are important for all types of pets to keep them in the best of health. If your dog or cat is ready for a wellness examination, contact Oxford Animal Hospital in The Villages, FL, to meet with our veterinarian Dr. Leah Girard. Let’s learn why wellness exams are important, what you can do for your pet's health, and what our veterinarian will do during a routine exam.
Why Wellness Exams Are Important
Our veterinarian will conduct a wellness examination for your pet at least once per year. If your pet is very young, very old, or has a medical condition that requires constant monitoring, you may be recommended to come into the office more often. Wellness exams give our veterinarian the chance to see if there are any changes to your pet's health since the last visit. This can be extremely important because most medical issues have a better outcome if they are treated early before having time to develop into something worse.
Monitor Your Pet's Health Between Appointments
Between your pet's wellness exams, take note of the way your pet acts. Any time there is a change in behavior, it could be an indication that your dog or cat is not feeling well. It is best to contact our veterinarian if you are worried about a possible medical issue being the reason for a behavioral change. Eating and sleeping patterns, aggression, accidents in the home, hiding, or refusal to engage in activities once enjoyed can all be signs of a medical problem.
What Our Vet Does During an Appointment
During a routine wellness examination, our veterinarian will first take your pet's vital signs and document the information. This includes your pet's temperature and weight. If there is a big change in the numbers since your last visit, this is a sign that there may be an underlying health issue. Our veterinarian will inspect your pet's body from head to tail for any signs of a problem. If your pet needs vaccinations, preventative medication to battle parasites, microchipping, dental cleaning, or spaying or neutering, our veterinarian will discuss any options regarding these services with you during the appointment.
Pet Wellness Exams at Oxford Animal Hospital
If you are ready to have your dog or cat receive a wellness exam, contact Oxford Animal Hospital in The Villages, FL, to meet with Dr. Leah Girard. Reach out to our practice today by calling us at (352) 461-1346 to find out more about pet wellness exams or to inquire about our other veterinary services.