Annual wellness visits are extremely important to all patients. While updated any needed vaccines is important, a thorough physical exam
may reveal problems that have gone unnoticed. The veterinarian will have
the opportunity to exam the teeth, eyes, ears, and general condition of
The veterinarian may recommendation teeth cleaning or weight reduction,
two very common problems.
After 6-7 years of age annual blood work is recommended. Many companion animals don’t readily show signs of illness until
it is advanced.
It is important to establish normal baseline values for each patient and
to recheck each year watching for any changes. This allows therapeutic
measures to be taken before a condition becomes advanced. Patients frequently
respond better and more quickly if treated early. This can translate to
fewer costs for the owner.
In addition to annual check-ups, patients should visit the doctor anytime
there is an obvious illness or abnormal behavior. Patients are very subtle
in showing signs, some act more quiet than usual.
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Signs that indicate illness include:
- Not eating or drinking
- Drinking excessively
- Trouble urinating or defecating
- Urinating excessively or frequently
It is important not to allow the condition to progress. Treating the condition
early often allows for a quicker recovery and fewer complications. This
often saves on treatment costs.