Here at 5280 Veterinary Care, we believe prevention is the best medicine. Our goal is to establish a baseline of optimum health for your pet and maintain it throughout each stage of their life. This is why we recommend routine wellness examinations for pets, either annually or semi-annually. Adolescent or senior pets may need more frequent visits because of the special considerations of their lifecycle phase (just like any human child or senior!).
It is important to remember that visiting the clinic is important for even healthy pets, because it allows veterinary professionals to check for underlying issues that can be treated before they begin to affect the health and happiness of the animal, and act while the illness is in its most treatable phase.
During the wellness examination, our staff will undergo a variety of techniques to check that your pet is feeling their best. Here are some examples of what an owner can expect from our veterinary team:
- looking into the eyes, ears, and mouth
- checking the teeth and gums
- listening to the heart and lungs
- palpating the abdomen, joints, and muscles
- feeling for abnormal growths
- checking the skin
In addition to these routine procedures, no wellness examination is complete without bloodwork and a fecal sample. Physical examinations may greatly inform our veterinarians, but there is only so much the eyes can see. We must check what is going on both inside and outside of your pet to ensure that all is well.
Because wellness examinations are key to your pet’s health, we aim to make them as less stressful as possible. Having a positive relationship between veterinarian and patient is one of the best ways to avoid anxiety for both pets and owners. That’s why at 5280 Veterinary Care, we use positive reinforcement whenever possible to make wellness visits enjoyable for pets and owners alike. Giving our furry clients treats and affection to build a trusting relationship makes bringing your pet in easier for you.
If you do not already have one on the books, we encourage you to schedule your pet’s wellness exam today!