At Tall Grass Animal Hospital in Aurora, your pets’ health is our top priority. Annual or semi-annual wellness visits are critical to maintaining the lifelong health of your pet, in addition to developing a relationship with your veterinarian, and helping us to get to know you and your pet’s needs better. These visits allow our doctors to monitor changes that may be occurring and detect disease or problems in the early stages, improving the overall quality and ultimately the length of your pet’s life, helping to add years for you to enjoy together.
What will happen at a wellness exam?
Each wellness exam is unique and tailored to meet the needs of your family and pet. At every visit their doctor will perform a comprehensive physical exam and take a complete history by asking a range of questions about your pet’s general health and lifestyles such as diet and exercise, behavior, bowel movements and urination. Based on this and your pet’s history, they will make recommendations for specific vaccinations, lab work, parasite control treatment (such as heartworm, fleas, ticks, and intestinal parasites), dental care, and give life-stage specific information to your family. In addition, they will give advice on any behavioral and nutritional concerns that arise during the visit.
What is done during the physical exam?
During a typical physical exam, our doctors will check your pet’s entire body including:
- General body condition and weight
- Eyes, ears, nose, teeth, and oral cavity
- Paws and toenails
- Heart and lungs
- Abdominal palpation for masses and/or pain
- Orthopedic and neurologic evaluation
- Skin and coat evaluation
- Checking the body for unusual lumps or swelling
- Body posture and gait
- Pain assessment
- Nutritional recommendations
- Behavior assessment
Wellness Tests, Lab Work, and Vaccinations
Because your pet cannot tell us how they are feeling, our veterinarians have to rely on the physical examination, history questions and detecting changes that may indicate underlying issues. Our veterinarians may recommend wellness screening tests such as fecal or urine analysis and blood work. In younger patients with no symptoms of disease, the recommendations may be minimal whereas with older pets these screening tests become extremely important. You may be asked for a fresh sample of your pet’s feces, which will be tested and evaluated for the presence of parasites. In puppies and kittens, this is especially important since many will have intestinal parasites passed from their mother and they can pass these along to you and your family if proper sanitization practices are not in place. You will also be given recommendations for heartworm testing and treatments that are appropriate for your family and pet.
Contact us today at 720-420-9922 to schedule your wellness checkup.