cat_checkupOne of the most basic steps you can take to protect your pet’s health is to bring him or her into your local vet for an annual wellness exam. This, in addition to making sure your pet is up-to-date on all of its vaccinations, will help your pet lead a healthier and happier life. However, as a pet owner, it’s also wise to understand the importance of regular pet exams, along with what they should expect from a thorough wellness exam.

Why Pet Exams Matter
There are many reasons as to why regular wellness exams are important to your pet’s overall health and wellness. For starters, a routine exam could very well detect a potential health problem early on before it becomes more aggressive and difficult to treat. In this sense, regular exams could very well save your pet’s life.

Furthermore, exams are a great way for you as a pet owner to get more insight into your pet’s overall health. For instance, an exam could reveal that your pet is overweight, and your vet can provide you with some tips for helping your pet lose weight (in a healthy manner), such as encouraging more exercise and switching to a different type of food. These seemingly routine exams can really make a huge difference in your pet’s overall health and happiness.

What to Expect From a Pet Exam
When you bring your pet in for a pet exam, there are a few things that will most likely happen. For starters, a veterinarian or vet tech. will likely weigh your pet and take his or her temperature. From there, a veterinarian will take the time to assess your pet’s eye and ear health while also feeling around for potential lumps or unusual masses on your pet’s body. An exam appointment is also a great opportunity for you as a pet owner to bring up any questions or concerns you have about your pet’s health.

At the end of the exam, you should receive a detailed “bill of health” for your pet, which may include recommendations on changes to his or her diet or overall lifestyle. If needed, blood work or other types of testing may also be done during an exam, though this is usually not the case unless a health problem is suspected.

More From Your Richmond, TX Veterinarian
Here at Brazos Bend Animal Hospital, we specialize in providing the best quality care to your beloved pets. Pet exams are just one of the many services our Richmond TX veterinary staff has to offer. Whether your pet is in need of a routine spay or neuter, dental cleaning, heartworm treatment, or anything in between, we’re here to help.

Is your pet due for a wellness exam?
If so, we invite you to contact our office today at (281) 342-1117. Our friendly staff would be happy to schedule an appointment at your convenience and answer any questions you may have about our practice. We look forward to serving you and your pet!