Pet Wellness Exams from Bluegrass Animal Hospital
At Bluegrass Animal Hospital in Knoxville, our veterinarians perform pet wellness exams to provide preventive care and to keep your cat or dog healthy longer. During a wellness exam, your pet receives a routine examination to determine their general health. Below is a bit more information about what to expect during a pet wellness check at our animal hospital.
How Often Should My Cat or Dog Get a Wellness Check?
The frequency of vet care varies with your pet’s age, as well as their health status. For example, when puppies are first born, they may need to see the vet every month. For mature adult dogs, annual checkups are sufficed. Older dogs usually require semi-annual exams. If you are unsure of how often to bring in your pet for preventive pet care, our staff can help you determine an appropriate schedule based on health status, breed, and lifestyle.
What Does the Veterinarian Do in a Wellness Exam?
During a routine checkup, the veterinarian asks questions about your pet’s exercise habits, diet, lifestyle, bowel movements and urination, and general health. Your pet also receives a physical examination. Based on your furry friend’s history, the vet may recommend vaccinations or treatment for fleas, ticks, heartworms, and intestinal parasites.
If the vet notices that your pet is underweight or overweight or requires dental care, they may ask you to schedule a follow-up visit or perform the service needed upon your authorization.
What the Veterinarian Looks for in a Pet Wellness Exam
The vet may examine the following characteristics during a wellness pet care appointment:
- How your pet walks
- Whether the pet is alert and engaged
- General body condition
- Excessive dryness or oiliness
- Dandruff, lumps or bumps, and other skin abnormalities
- Excessive tearing or bumps or lumps on the eyelids
- Whether the eyelids close as expected
- Thickening or discharge in the ears
- Breathing problems
- Tartar build-up, broken teeth, staining around the lips, and ulcers
Come to Bluegrass Animal Hospital for Your Vet Care
Call Bluegrass Animal Hospital at (865) 694-8387 to schedule a wellness check or book an appointment if your dog or cat isn’t feeling well. We have served the local pet population of Knoxville since 2003. Our team of vets are ready to help your furry friend receive high-quality vet care, so they can continue living their best life for years to come.