West Plains Animal Hospital Offers
Pet Wellness Exams
Pets need regular checkups just as people do, to detect small problems before they become more serious problems and to maximize health. Periodic wellness exams are a simple way to ensure that your pet stays healthy throughout life. At West Plains Animal Hospital in Airway Heights, WA, we provide ongoing monitoring of your pet’s condition to ensure good health.
Why Wellness Exams Are Important
Your doctor encourages you to come in for an annual exam, so he or she can determine your physical condition, Regular exams provide important information so that any changes in condition can be investigated and corrected when needed. The same is true for pets. The veterinarian can monitor your pet’s health over time, so make sure they remain healthy as the years pass. Wellness exams have been found to have a direct effect on pet health, function and longevity.
What’s Included in a Wellness Exam
The first part of the wellness exam will be basic information, such as weighing your pet and observing the animal’s general condition. The vet will listen to the heart and lungs, palpate the joints and abdomen, as well as inspect the eyes, ears, nose and teeth. Your vet will also talk with you about your pet’s habits, what type of food provided and whether your pet is up to date on immunizations and preventative care. Veterinarians routinely order blood tests to get “baseline” information about how internal organs are functioning. In this way, when a change in these numbers is noticed, the vet can investigate further.
Problems Pet Wellness Exams Can Reveal
The vet may find that your pet has put on the additional weight and will discuss ways to keep the animal trim and healthy. Wellness exams check whether young animals are developing normally. The vet may check an older animal for osteoarthritis, which causes painful joints. Mediations and therapy can help these animals enjoy greater comfort and better function. Blood tests can provide information about how the heart, lungs, kidneys, and liver are functioning. If an animal begins to show numbers that indicate a problem, immediate treatment can begin to minimize damage to health.
Make West Plains Animal Hospital Your Choice For Vet Care in Spokane
Dr. Belles and the team at West Plains Animal Hospital are committed to quality care for each of their patients in Airway Heights, WA. We offer a range of veterinary services, including vaccinations, preventative care, diagnostics, surgery, dental care, and emergency care. Call West Plains Animal Hospital today at (509) 624-3474 for a wellness checkup that ensures a longer, healthier life for your pet.