Preventative Care: Pet Wellness Exams
Since pets age about seven times faster than humans, it’s important to give them the best possible care they need at every life stage. South Shores Pet Clinic recommends annual wellness exams for pets of all ages as a preventative measure, with more frequent exams for senior pets. These exams can help detect serious conditions, allowing us to treat them in the early phases—before they become unmanageable.
By visiting us annually, you can discuss your pet’s future health outlook and ask questions about any existing conditions. Be sure to take note of any severe changes that have occurred with your pet, including vomiting, diarrhea, coughing, weight gain/loss, excessive thirst, or increased panting or aggression. If your pet is experiencing any of these symptoms or has developed any abnormal behavior since their last wellness exam, please inform our veterinarians.
During your pet wellness exam, our veterinary staff can perform:
- Full body physical exam
- Complete dental exam
- Heartworm check (blood test)
- Lab tests (blood work up, urine/stool, and parasite evaluation)
Click on the headers below to learn about the wellness exam for puppies/kittens, adult pets, and senior pets.
Puppy and Kitten Exams
Because puppies and kittens have less developed immune systems, they are far more susceptible to disease and parasitic infection. During puppy and kitten wellness exams, vital statistics are taken and recorded, so we can help your pet get started on the right paw. Our veterinarians may also perform lab tests, depending on the age of your pet, to provide a comparative chart for future visits. We also examine your pet from head-to-tail, checking vital organs for normal conditions and looking at joints for any limited range of motion or discomfort. Your pet needs a wellness exam to detect any existing illness so prevention or treatment can begin promptly.
For your convenience, we have made available the following forms, which detail our puppy and kitten programs as well as our health maintenance schedule recommendations:
Adult Pet Exams
Similar to younger pet exams, our veterinarian examine your adult pet from head-to-tail, inspecting vital organs, checking joint functions, and recording vital statistics to ensure normal health parameters. If there are any pressing irregularities, we may recommend lab tests and/or X-rays. During adult exams, it is recommended to discuss diet and nutrition, as diet plays a vital role in maintaining optimum health. We encourage you to discuss your pet’s current diet and eating habits with our veterinary team, so we can be sure they’re healthy. To help manage your pet’s weight, we recommend Science Diet Hills weight management products.
Senior Pet Exams
Because older pets are more susceptible to age-related illnesses, they require more care than their youthful counterparts. If your pet is a senior, we recommend that they receive a comprehensive wellness exam twice each year, with complete lab work performed once a year. The senior pet wellness exam includes performing a complete head-to-tail evaluation, including checking the vital organs and joints and charting your pet’s vital statistics. It may also include an arthritic evaluation and pain assessment.