Pet Wellness Exam With New Hope Animal Hospital In Durham, NC

While we certainly take our cat or dog to the veterinarian if we notice an immediate problem it is also a good idea to take your pet to the veterinarian once a year as part of a yearly wellness exam. Not only is a yearly wellness exam a great way to ensure that your pet is healthy and is up to date on vaccines, but it is also a fantastic opportunity for you to talk to the veterinarian about any questions you may have.  Below, let's take an in depth look at a yearly wellness exam.

Cat getting examined by veterinarian

Benefits of Routine Pet Exams

Probably the biggest benefit of a yearly exam is to make sure your cat or dog is healthy.  Your dog will receive the most up to date vaccinations at the exam ensuring your cat or dog is in compliance with local law and is healthy.  At this point you will also be able to select optional vaccinations such as the Kennel Cough vaccine which is often required for dog parks and boarding.  A yearly wellness exam also gives your veterinarian the opportunity to fully examine your animal and her or she can easily track and monitor changes year over year.  Additionally, this is a great opportunity for your veterinarian to notice any issues early which could potentially turn into larger problems if left unchecked.  

What to Expect During an Exam

During the exam expect your veterinarian to fully check your cat or dog.  This means checking your animal's temperature, lungs, and heart.  Your veterinarian will look in your pet's ears, eyes, and nose to make sure everything looks clean and clear.  If necessary, your veterinarian will check your pet's joints and legs to make sure everything is moving smoothly.  Next, vaccines will be administered.  Depending on the age of your animal there may be just a few or several vaccinations needed.  Certain vaccines are only given every three years.  Your pet's teeth will be checked and the appropriate dental hygiene steps recommended.  Your veterinarian will probably look over the notes he or she took from the last wellness exam and inspect your animal to note any changes.  This is a great opportunity for you to ask questions or point out anything you've noticed.  

Get Your Pet Examined At New Hope Animal Hospital In Durham, NC Today!

Getting a yearly wellness exam for your pet is necessary to make sure your pet stays in the best health possible.  At New Hope Animal Hospital we take care of your pet as if he or she were a member of our own family.  We pride ourselves on expert and sincere veterinary care.  We are conveniently located at 5016 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd., Durham, NC 27707.  Call today to schedule an appointment at 619-490-2000



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