What is involved in a dog wellness exam?

A dog wellness exam involves a full physical exam. We examine all the major body parts of your dog, including the eyes, ears, mouth, and heart. We also look at the skin for any lesions or possible parasites.

Dr. Glen Hudson
Highland Park Animal Hospital

How does dog wellness impact the longevity of my pet?

Dog wellness is really important in improving the longevity and quality of your dog's life. It can help detect medical issues before they start significantly affecting your dog. Early detection allows us to recommend appropriate treatments or further diagnostics to improve the health of your pet.

How soon should I bring my pet in to see a veterinarian for a wellness exam?

The AHA recommends a physical or wellness exam with the veterinarian every year. For geriatric dogs or dogs older than 8 to 10 years, we recommend biannual physical exams, especially if you have any concerns or questions.

Will additional testing be needed beyond a wellness exam?

Yes, additional tests such as a heartworm test and a stool sample are often recommended during an annual visit. We also offer wellness screens that include more in-depth blood sampling to check the functioning of the liver, kidneys, and other internal organs.

How will a veterinarian assess dog wellness?

We examine the pet and note any changes. Some abnormalities may not be a problem when they're apparent, but we can assess trends if we've been seeing your pet over the years. Blood work monitoring also helps us determine trends in the pet's internal health.

What are some dog wellness recommendations my vet is likely to make?

We often make recommendations based on our physical exam. Common recommendations include dental cleanings, as dental health significantly impacts a dog's internal health. Proper dental care can improve a dog's appetite and energy and reduce the risk of heart and kidney disease. We may also discuss diet changes and address any concerns you may have.

What are some possible environmental factors that can affect dog wellness?

Environmental factors include the amount of exercise your dog gets and where you take them. For instance, hiking or rural settings can increase exposure to certain risks. The routine schedule and any difficulties your dog may have with activities like climbing stairs are also important.

Why is early detection of health issues in my dog so important?

Early detection often leads to better outcomes and can prevent conditions from worsening. It is also usually financially better to identify issues early on rather than wait until they have significantly progressed.

What is geriatric dog screening?

Geriatric dog screening involves checking for things that might be affecting older dogs, such as vision and heart changes. We also monitor weight and appetite. All these factors are important in helping senior dogs live happier and healthier lives.

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