Preventative and Wellness Care
Taking your pet to a veterinarian for a wellness exam is just as important as your annual checkup with your family doctor. Early detection is the best preventative against serious illness and helps your pet healthy. We at Mission Veterinary Clinic and Animal Emergency Hospital offer these comprehensive pet exams for our patients in Granada Hills, CA. Here's what a wellness exam entails.
What is a Pet Exam?
A pet exam is very similar in concept to a "physical" with your doctor. Your pet is thoroughly examined for signs of good health, early detection of diseases, and more. A wellness exam might even include lab tests such as blood work or urinalysis to detect underlying conditions. We recommend that you schedule this pet exam around the time that your animal is due for vaccinations or needs flea or tick control.
What Happens Before a Wellness Exam?
Before the exam happens, you'll be asked to fill out a form with your pet's medical history on it. It helps our vets to conduct a thorough and effective pet exam if your animal’s health history is known ahead of time. That's because wellness exams can vary depending on a pet's species, age, and other factors. As one example, if your pet has been losing weight recently, our vets may conduct some additional specialized tests to rule out parasites.
What Happens During a Wellness Exam?
During the wellness exam, our veterinarians at Mission Veterinary Clinic and Animal Emergency Hospital will do a nose-to-tail checkup of your pet and will examine its vital signs such as pulse, temperature, and respiration. Our vets will feel your pet's body for any lumps, sore spots, or anything out of the ordinary that can indicate disease. We may order a blood test to determine problems like organ disease, anemia, and other conditions, urine tests to check for diabetes and urinary tract infections, and a stool sample analysis to identify parasites.
When to Schedule a Pet Wellness Exam
Wellness exams are recommended on an annual basis for healthy pets. If you have a senior pet or have a pet who has health conditions, we might recommend checkups twice a year. Puppies and kittens are recommended to see a veterinarian monthly to administer vaccinations and check their health and development.
Schedule a Pet Wellness Exam in Granada Hills, CA
Whether you have a puppy or kitten, a youngling, or a senior pet, contact Mission Veterinary Clinic and Animal Emergency Hospital today to at 818-363-8143 schedule a pet exam appointment for it. Don't forget to ask about vaccinations and flea and tick control.