Pet Wellness Exams at Valley Animal Hospital
Sometimes, the smartest time to take your pet in for veterinary care is when he seems perfectly well. Pet wellness exams play a critical role in ensuring that pets stay healthy by catching potential problems in their early stages and allowing veterinarians to perform important preventative procedures for long-term wellness. Here at Valley Animal Hospital in Clifton, we're happy to provide your beloved pet with the wellness care he needs for a long and happy life.
A Typical Pet Exam
You can't assume that your pet's health is fine just by looking at him. Although some problems do indeed make themselves obvious, disorders such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or cancer can lurk undetected until they have already caused serious damage to your pet. That's why it’s important to schedule periodic pet wellness exams to uncover any hidden threats to your pet's well-being. Most adult pets need only one such pet exam per year. However, baby animals may need monthly checks, while senior pets may need two wellness exams per year.
Pet wellness exams are meant to be thorough, which is why a typical pet exam includes extensive "nose-to-tail" evaluations. Our veterinarian will take vital sign readings, look at your pet's eyes and ears, and observe his stance, gait, and behavior. We will also weigh your pet during a typical pet exam to make sure he isn't overweight, as obesity poses serious health risks for animals.
These outward evaluations are just the tip of the iceberg in a comprehensive pet wellness exam. Our team will also analyze blood, urine, and fecal samples, looking for any imbalances that might indicate a hidden disease or disorder. If we detect such a problem, we can start treating it right away, before it can do more harm.
Pet Wellness Exams and Preventative Procedures
Pet wellness exams often double as an opportunity to perform key preventative wellness procedures. Your pet may receive vaccinations, a dental evaluation and cleaning, microchipping, deworming, and prescriptions for parasite-prevention drugs. We can also administer spay or neuter surgery, an important step in protecting your pet against many reproductive diseases. At the same time, we may recommend an at-home wellness routine that includes an exercise plan, any special diet that your pet may need, and home dental hygiene practices to protect your pet's teeth.
Schedule a Pet Exam with Our Trusted Clifton Veterinarian
No matter how healthy your pet seems today, you should still do whatever you can to keep that good health going tomorrow. Contact Valley Hospital at (973) 509-5225 to schedule that necessary care from our trusted Clifton veterinarian!