Wellness exams are one of the most important aspects of preventative health care gifts you can give to your pet. The saying that "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" has never been more true when it comes to pet health. The investment in prevention through regular pet exams is often a fraction of the cost of treating disease once it has advanced. Another reason why exams are important is that your pet is hard-wired not to show discomfort. Therefore they will often suffer quietly in pain while behaving normally until they cannot do it anymore and by then, the problem is more advanced.
If you want to keep your dog or cat healthy and happy throughout his or her lifespan, then scheduling regular veterinary exams is one of the most important steps you can take. You'll want to start when when your pet is a puppy or kitten and continuing through adulthood and into their senior years.
Preventive healthcare involves a multi-faceted approach that includes veterinary evaluation of your pet's overall health and risks of disease or other health problems. Based on the findings, your veterinarian will provide you with recommendations for your pet's nutrition, dental care, vaccinations and heartworm/flea/tick prevention, as well as recommendations specifically tailored to your pet's health status and risk factors. Just as physicians recommend certain tests, such as cholesterol screening and blood pressure checks, the American Animal Hospital Association recommends annual preventative and wellness screening to ensure that your pet is healthy and establish “baseline” values for comparison with future test results. This will help your veterinarian detect any potential concerns early and to customize preventative recommendations specific to your pet’s needs for a longer, healthier life.