Wellness Exams Are Key to a Pet’s Good Health

It’s important for your pet to have regular wellness exams. The Oregon Veterinary Medical Association recommends once per year for pets under 7 and twice per year for those over 7 (seniors).

Prevention and early treatment are the goals of a wellness  exam.

“Wellness exams” are the exams your veterinarian does on your pet while it is exhibiting no signs of illness. This health exam will help detect age-related changes, determine the general well-being of your pet, and identify potential problems. Early detection of diseases can improve your pet’s chances of successful treatment and a longer life. Your veterinarian will examine your pet from head to tail, checking all of its organ systems, skin, and teeth. To help determine your pet’s health status, bloodwork, urinalysis and a fecal exam may be recommended, especially for senior pets (age 7 and above.)

Vaccinations and preventative medications proactively protect your pet’s health

Vaccination are one of the best ways to protect your pet from infectious diseases. Your veterinarian will recommend a vaccination plan for your pet based on its health and risk factors. He or she may also recommend preventative medication to protect your pet from heartworms, fleas, ticks and parasites.