Annual pet checkups are a great way for your vet to keep track of your pet’s health. They give your veterinarian a chance to detect health problems early when they are easier to treat. Many pet health issues can be prevented through routine care. Bring in your cat or dog to Callahan Drive Animal Hospital in Knoxville, TN, if you live in the area for an annual exam.
What to Expect from Annual Pet Exams
Our veterinarian will start by reviewing your pet’s medical history, weighing your pet, and taking its vital signs. We will discuss any changes in your pet’s behavior that could indicate signs of health issues. We will also discuss your pet’s diet and lifestyle habits to get an idea of its overall care.
We then do a nose-to-tail inspection of your pet to detect abnormalities in his health. We examine your pet’s eyes, nose, ears, and mouth for signs of infection or disease. We then inspect your pet’s coat and skin for dermatology issues, and check its joints for signs of arthritis. We will observe how your pet stands and walks for signs of discomfort or pain. We will also listen to your pet’s lungs and heart to detect signs of respiratory or heart issues.
We may take X-rays or order blood work to uncover hidden internal problems if necessary. Our diagnostics allow us to quickly act on serious medical conditions, such as tumors and other forms of cancer, and get your pet treatment without delay.
Puppy and Kitten Care
Puppies and kittens need to be seen more frequently to monitor their growth and development. Our veterinarian may recommend monthly visits from 8 to 16 weeks of age. We will examine your pet for signs of illness, provide parasite control, and complete a series of vaccinations to protect your pet from life-threatening diseases during these visits.
We recommend bi-annual checkups for senior pets to closely monitor their delicate health. Pets are more prone to developing major health problems as they age due to their weakened body and state. Additional blood work and urinalysis tests will enable us to catch problems quickly to preserve your pet’s health. You can bring in your senior pet to our animal hospital at any time for diagnosis and treatment if it shows signs of health issues in between visits. We want your pet to enjoy the best health possible in its senior years.
See Your Knoxville, TN, Veterinarian for Annual Pet Exams
Routine care is important for keeping your furry friend healthy and happy over the years, so schedule an annual checkup with Callahan Drive Animal Hospital in Knoxville, TN. Call us at (865) 938-0243 and we will make sure your pet is living their healthiest and happiest life for years to come.