Veterinary Exam

Regular annual exams allow us to address health issues before they progress into serious concerns.

Help us keep your dog or cat healthy by bringing them in for regular exams and vaccinations. Dogs and cats age far faster than people, so significant changes in their health can happen in a short time. Wellness programs allow us to diagnose diseases and conditions early when they’re easier to treat or manage. Often, we can help prevent diseases entirely.

How often does my dog or cat need wellness exams?

We recommend that healthy adult dogs and cats visit us once a year. Puppies, kittens, seniors and dogs or cats with health issues or illnesses need more frequent checkups. We’ll work with you to create a wellness program, including a vaccination and prevention protocol, for them. Call us today to schedule your dog or cat’s wellness exam at 613-247-0013.

Why do healthy dogs and cats need wellness exams?

Bringing your dog or cat in for an annual checkup can help reassure you they’re healthy or help us detect hidden diseases or conditions early. The risks of arthritis, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, hormone disorders, and kidney and liver problems all increase with age. Early detection can improve the prognosis of many diseases, keep medical costs down, and help them live longer. Many dogs and cats are good at hiding signs that something is wrong, so subtle changes in their health or behaviour might be easy to overlook. Depending on the disease, some dogs or cats don’t show any symptoms.

What happens during the appointment?

During your dog or cat’s wellness exam, we will perform a physical assessment, checking your dog or cat from nose to tail. We will also make sure they receive appropriate vaccinations and preventives. We may perform a diagnostic workup, which could include blood, fecal, and urine tests to check for parasites and underlying diseases. We also recommend that your dog or cat receives dental care. When your dog or cat is nearing their senior years, we will recommend a baseline exam and diagnostic workup so we’ll know what’s normal for them. This allows us to keep track of any changes. Please let us know if you’ve noticed any physical or behavioural changes in your dog or cat, as well as any other concerns you have.

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