No doubt, health-savvy New Yorkers understand the importance of annual medical and dental check-ups. Like their humans, our furry family members count on their regular health check-ups too, but the main difference is that pets age more quickly than people.
According to West Chelsea Veterinary’s owner and Chief of Staff, Dr. Michael Farber, “Because pets age more rapidly, their annual or bi-annual veterinary visit can be the equivalent of a person seeing their doctor or dentist once every five years.”
The aging process for pets depends mostly on their size and breed, which in turn affects the speed of their metabolism. For example, cats and small dogs may be considered seniors at the ages of 9 or 10, while large breed dogs hit their senior years in the 5 to 7-year-old age range.
The Main Benefits of a Twice-Yearly Pet Wellness Exam
We highly recommend a wellness examination every six months for older pets. Bi-annual examinations allow a pet owner to keep their finger on the pulse of their pet’s wellness. Running annual blood work at these visits for middle aged and older pets is one of the best ways to catch any health changes early. The good news is that many of the changes we see are entirely treatable if diagnosed early. We design senior wellness exams to ensure pets get the most out of their golden years.
In healthy young pets, an annual health exam is sufficient in most cases and provides the veterinarian an opportunity to closely examine them, ideally preventing or detecting and treating any issues before they become serious. These wellness exams are also the perfect time to have a conversation with your vet about your pet’s routine and any changes you may have noticed in their diet, behavior, and more.
About Pet Wellness Examinations
A typical pet wellness exam includes your veterinarian checking your pet from head to toe. They will check teeth, eyes, and ears, listen to the heart, and make sure breathing and respiration rates are normal. They will palpate your pet’s abdomen to make sure nothing feels out of the ordinary. They may also suggest screenings for potential health issues, discuss and update vaccinations, and inquire about your pet’s lifestyle, diet, dental health, and daily habits. During the wellness exam, your veterinarian can also develop a flea, tick, and parasite prevention program specifically for your pet.
Big or small, regular wellness exams help dogs and cats live to their full potential!
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