Whether you’re a new pet owner or have had a four-legged family member for many years now, regular checkups are a must to properly monitor the health of cats and dogs.
Why does my pet need regular checkups?
Veterinary checkups serve several purposes. When you adopt a new pet, it is important to book an initial consultation with a veterinarian. This first examination will give the veterinary team the chance to get to know your new companion and check with you that all vaccinations and deworming treatments are up to date. By meeting your pet, the veterinarian will be able to learn more about their habits and lifestyle and make recommendations on their diet and needs.
Regular checkups also let the veterinary team keep a close eye on your pet’s health.
Last but not least, if your furry friend is sick or injured, your veterinarian will carry out an examination to diagnose the problem and come up with a treatment plan.
What happens during a checkup?
During the checkup, the veterinarian will examine your pet from head to tail – ears, eyes, mouth, teeth, skin, coat, stomach, bones, heart and lungs. Depending on what is found during the checkup and the reason for the consultation, the veterinarian may recommend additional tests to further investigate. Some of these tests include blood work, X-rays, ultrasounds and stool or urine tests.