At Cashmere Veterinary Clinic, we’re dedicated to providing the services needed to strengthen your bond with your pet. Wellness care is an essential part of that relationship. Annual and semi-annual visits with your veterinarian help us keep up with the changing needs of your pet so that we can give them the most effective care year after year.
Annual exams give your pet the best chance at a long and happy life.
What is a Wellness Exam?
The Wellness Exam is the best way to keep pets healthy and happy. It also allows us to create a baseline for healthy and proactively catch any situations that might need attention.
- A thorough physical exam checking their eyes, ears, nose, mouth, joints, skin and coat, and their heart and lungs
- Weight check and body condition score
- Discussion of nutrition, especially if they are over or underweight
- Age-appropriate bloodwork for baseline tests and to check for abnormalities
- Vaccinations, if due
- Parasite prevention discussion and refill of prescriptions
Why is preventive care so important for my pet?
It can be easy to put off going to the vet because your pet seems completely healthy and normal. However, our pets can’t tell us how they’re feeling and, while they may seem perfectly healthy on the outside, there could be an underlying illness brewing. Here are some reasons why pet wellness care is so important for your pet:
- Dogs and cats are experts at hiding illness.
Hiding any sign of vulnerability is a natural instinct. In the wild, it keeps animals from being a bigger predator’s next meal. When signs of illness finally do develop, it means the disease progression is much farther along and will be significantly more difficult and costly to treat.
- Healthy pets are better companions.
The human-animal bond is a beautiful thing but when your pet isn’t their best self your relationship with them suffers. They likely won’t be as willing to play, take long walks, or even cuddle with you on the couch because of pain, discomfort, or simply not feeling well.
- Illness can have lasting consequences.
While we may be able to manage or treat an illness that progressed too far, your pet may not fully recover. Lingering effects such as tooth loss from dental disease, chronic gastrointestinal problems from parvovirus, or lingering heart problems from feline hyperthyroidism can all shorten your pet’s quality and quantity of life significantly.
- Pets become more vulnerable with age.
Senior cats and dogs can develop conditions much more rapidly than younger animals. Routine vet visits, ideally every six months, are essential for our older patients as it gives us the best chance at early detection and treatment for any developing conditions.
Prevention and early detection are the two most important parts of wellness care.