One of our goals is to keep your pet as healthy as possible. Physical examinations allow our veterinarians to evaluate the general health of your pet and to identify any health issues before they become serious. All wellness visits are scheduled for at least thirty minutes to allow plenty of time for you to discuss your pet’s lifestyle and any concerns you have with the veterinarian and technician. This will allow you to choose the best preventative care program for your pets needs.
At Falconbridge Animal Hospital and Village Veterinary Hospital, our veterinarians recommend a routine physical exam be done annually for most dogs and cats under the age of 8 years. As pets become more mature, changes can happen even more quickly, therefore we recommend a physical exam for them every 6 months.
Puppy and Kitten Wellness Exams
Similar to children, puppies and kittens need a series of vaccinations as they grow. Since these youngsters grow so quickly, it is important to monitor their health closely. This is why we perform wellness exams with each set of vaccine boosters until at least 16 weeks of age. An adolescent exam is recommended at approximately 10 months of age to discuss behavior, nutrition, and assess growth.
Mature Pet Wellness Exams and Laboratory Tests
The aging process varies with individual pets. We begin considering dogs and cats mature at about 8 years of age. As your pet ages certain changes in your pet’s physical condition may occur. Some of these changes are not readily apparent until they compromise your pet’s quality of life.
To aid in detecting health concerns as early as possible, we recommend laboratory screening in addition to the physical exam. Our experienced team can help you determine which tests would be most beneficial for your pet.
These tests may include a CBC (Complete Blood Count), blood chemistry and electrolyte panel, thyroid level, urinalysis, blood pressure, EKG, intraocular pressure test, and tear test for dry eye.
At your pet’s Mature Wellness Exam, the veterinarian will discuss appropriate diagnostics with you. The recommendations will be based on the age and breed of your dog or cat. The veterinarian will also discuss nutritional recommendations and any follow-up tests or monitoring that may be required.
Due to many recent discoveries and innovations in veterinary medicine, your pet can be protected against most major diseases. For current information on immunization recommendations for pets living in the Chapel Hill and Durham area, please call our hospitals.
We also recognize that factors such as age, lifestyle, location, and risk factors specific to certain breeds may affect the vaccination protocol developed for your pet. Our veterinarians will consider these factors when determining the appropriate vaccinations for your dog or cat.