Wellness examinations are another key role in preventive care for your pet. Whether you have a kitten or puppy, a middle-aged pet, or a senior, wellness exams are not only used to determine if you pet is “well,” but are also used to find any problems and monitor changes if regular wellness exams are given. The goal of wellness exams is to give the veterinarians at Oakdale Veterinary Group the information needed to provide the best possible care to our patients.
A wellness examination begins by getting your pet’s weight, and will include questions involving your pet’s behavior, appetite, exercise habits, and a full medical exam by our veterinarians. This is also an excellent time for you to ask us any questions you may have involving your pet’s health, and we will make recommendations suitable for your pet if necessary. Annual vaccinations and parasite testing are usually done at this time, which can help prevent minor to fatal diseases. Wellness examinations can often detect early signs of illness before they progress.
Not only is a wellness exam beneficial for the health of your pet, but we want to establish a relationship with you and your pet, getting to know his or her lifestyle, personality, health risks, home environment, and other important information. No question is too silly or small during this examination – we want you and your pet to have a long, happy, and healthy life together!
Call the veterinarians at Oakdale Veterinary Group at (209) 847-2257 to find out how regular wellness exams can improve the health and quality-of-life of your pet.
- Weight check: your pet will be weighed to determine whether he or she is at a normal weight and will require nutritional counseling or exercise recommendations based on their weight.
- Skin and Eyes: your veterinarian will check your cat or dog’s skin and coat, important as they are often great indicators of a pet’s overall health. When examining the eyes, your veterinarian will check for irregular or abnormal responses to light, discharge, or redness in your cat and dog, as well as examine the structures in the back of the eye. In aging pets, they will often look especially for signs of cataracts, which may cloud the vision of your pet’s eye lens, and could, if left untreated, lead to blindness.
- Ears: your veterinarian will also examine the ear flap, deep ear canals, and ear drums for any abnormal smells, redness, the presence of infection, parasites such as ear mites, growths or tumors.
- Nose and Mouth: Your pet’s nose will also be examined by your veterinarian for any abnormal appearance or discharge, before examining the inside of your pet’s mouth to look at dental health and check for abnormal masses, smells, or swelling. This helps to detect any signs of periodontal disease, since dental health is an important contributor to a healthy pet. Regular brushings can greatly improve your pet’s dental health, and overall quality of life.
- Full-Body Review: Your veterinarian will manipulate and feel your pet’s legs, joints, abdomen and anal sacs to check for any unusual reactions, such as the appearance of pain or abnormal lumps. If a stool sample is available your veterinarian will also perform tests to check for parasites.
- Heart and Lungs: Using a stethoscope, your veterinarian will listen to your pet’s heart and lungs to check for heart murmurs and abnormal lung sounds.