Preventive care exams for pets are like 'checkups' for people and have the same benefits of enabling medical professionals to spot the earliest signs of developing health problems. Today our Palmdale vets explain how to prepare for your pet's preventive care exam.
Essential Pet Preventive Care To Promote Optimal Long Term Health
Preventive care exams (also known as routine wellness exams) are annual or twice-yearly physical checkups that gives your cat or dog a better chance at health and longevity. These exams can empower you with information that you as a pet owner need to care for your pet's unique needs, in addition to allowing your vet to monitor the health of your four-legged friend on a regular basis so that any concerning changes or developing issues can be more easily spotted.
Bringing your cat or dog into our Palmdale animal hospital for a preventive care exam allows your vet to find any issues before they become more severe and gives your vet the opportunity to provide your pet with any vaccinations or preventive medications they need to keep parasites from invading their bodies.
Compared to the potential cost of treating diseases, illnesses, some of which could be caused by parasites, the cost of preventive examinations could ultimately pay for itself. Preventive exams and early detection can also save your pet from experiencing more pain or discomfort.
Getting Ready for Your Pet's Preventive Exam
At All Care Pet Clinic we want you and your pet to have a positive veterinary experience every time you visit us. To get the most out of your pet's preventive care exam it's a good idea to prepare a few things ahead of time. By following the tips below, your cat or dog's preventive care appointment with us will be a more relaxed, organized, and efficient experience.
- If possible, book an appointment with no time restrictions so that your vet can answer all of your questions while providing your pet with the attention they need and deserve.
- If this will be your pet's first appointment, arrive about 10 minutes early to fill out the new patient forms.
- Bring records of your pet's medical history, including medicines and doses (or have them sent to the clinic ahead of time).
- Note your pet's diet, exercise, and toileting routines so that your vet has a better picture of your pet's lifestyle.
- Inform your vet of any recent or previous tick bites.
- If requested by your vet, prepare a fresh stool or urine sample to bring with you.
- Exercise your pet before your appointment and take their favorite blanket or toy along with you.
- Make note of any questions or concerns (e.g. symptoms or behaviors) you want to ask your vet.
- Double-check with your vet as to whether your pet needs to fast before the appointment.
- Place your cat or small dog in a carrier. If you have a larger dog, keep them on a leash
- Ask your vet's office for an estimate of cost and keep your vet informed so they can keep your budget in mind and adjust the exams accordingly.
Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.