Routine veterinary visits help maintain your pet's health and can prevent diseases from advancing or becoming fatal. These exams provide peace of mind for pet owners to know their loyal companion is developing properly. It's also a chance to ask questions about developmental, dietary, or behavioural changes in your cat or dog.
How often should pets have veterinary exams?
One annual wellness checkup is the general standard for cats and dogs. Some pets that need more veterinary attention like seniors and puppies/kittens should have more than one veterinary exam each year. Because they can develop diseases easily, seniors should have bi-annual veterinary checkups and kittens/puppies should have three visits throughout the year. To schedule a veterinary exam for your cat or dog please call us at 705-431-5570.
What happens during a veterinary exam?
Veterinary exams are just like the regular doctor's checkup that humans have. It begins with a thorough physical examination, where the veterinarian checks their sight, hearing, breathing, and skin for any abnormalities. They will then move on to diagnostic testing which includes bloodwork, ultrasound and X-ray to detect parasites, infections and diseases. If our team detects an underlying health issue they can begin treatment immediately. This exam is also important to monitor existing health conditions and readjust treatment if necessary. Your veterinarian will also discuss the following important issues such as:
- Weight management
- Dental care
- Parasite prevention
- Nutritional counselling