While you should bring your pet to see a veterinarian if it shows signs of injury or illness, preventative care is also critical to your pet's health. Ideally, your pet should receive a wellness exam at least once a year. Your pet can get the care it needs from our veterinarian at Callahan Drive Animal Hospital in Knoxville, TN.
Why Annual Pet Wellness Exams Are Important
Some of the most serious diseases and illnesses that affect pets don't show symptoms in the early stages. These conditions are easier to treat if they're caught early, which is one of the reasons veterinarians typically recommend that a pet receives an exam once per year.
During the examination, your veterinarian can look for signs of illnesses and other health issues. If your pet shows any unusual symptoms, the vet may order additional diagnostic tests. In addition to looking for health issues, we can use the exam to gather information about your pet and make general recommendations for its health and well-being.
What to Expect During a Wellness Exam
When you bring your pet in for a wellness exam, your vet will ask some questions about your pet's diet and daily routine. We may also ask you about your pet's behavior and any unusual symptoms that your pet has been experiencing. If the vet hasn't seen your pet before, we may also ask questions about its medical history.
After the vet has collected information from you, we will examine your pet and pay attention to the way that it moves. If your pet is off balance or seems to have difficulty moving, it could be dealing with stiff joints, a neurological condition, or other health issues.
Dr. Hilla will also look for early signs of disease. Many common pet diseases, like Cushing Syndrome, can impact your pet's appearance. During the exam, we will assess your pet's:
- Limb symmetry
- Energy levels
After visually examining your pet, our vet will conduct a more detailed examination, looking at your pet's eyes, ears, neck, abdomen, and other parts of its body. We will also use a stethoscope to listen to your pet's breathing and heartbeat.
Once the examination is over, our vet may make recommendations that will help you keep your pet healthy. These could include guidance on diet or exercise, dental health suggestions, or tips to keep your pet's joints healthy.
Get High-Quality Veterinary Care in Knoxville, TN
When was the last time your pet had a wellness exam? If your pet is due for a veterinary exam, don't wait to make an appointment. Call Callahan Drive Animal Hospital today at (865) 938-0243 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.