The best way to reliably predict disease and prevent health problems for your pet is through preventative care. Wellness exams are a key component in keeping your pets healthy and happy. Because pets age faster than humans, we recommend a complete physical examination at least once a year. Checkup exams every 6 months are encouraged.
What does a wellness exam do? In a wellness exam, the veterinary team gets a clear picture of your pet’s overall health and checks for potential issues. We care about your pet’s health as much as you do, and at Bonnie Brae Veterinary Hospital, we are proud to be one of the leading veterinary hospitals for pet wellness exams in Columbus, North Carolina. We love to answer your questions and address your concerns about diet, preventive and daily care, exercise habits and daily care. We want you to be informed and feel comfortable in helping your pet live a longer, healthier and happier life.
What We Do During Pet Wellness Exams
During your pet's exam our veterinarians and staff will:
Give appropriate vaccines.
Consult with you on heartworm, flea, tick and parasite control.
Discuss your pet’s behavior, appetite, exercise habits and regular activities at home with you.
Provide nutritional counseling.
Listen to your pet's heart to detect heart murmurs, arrhythmias and signs of heart disease.
Evaluate your pet's lungs to assess the overall pulmonary health of your pet and detect infections and diseases
Examine your pet's teeth and mouth – Believe it or not, dental disease is the most common disease in pets. Thoroughly checking out your pet's mouth and teeth allows us to determine the level of infection or impaction. To ensure proper dental development, puppies and kittens need to be checked early.
Evaluate your pet's eyes - With regular care and screenings, ocular conditions can be prevented. We check for dry eyes, cataracts, corneal ulcers and glaucoma.
Look into your pet's ears – We check for ear mites, redness, odor or discharge or other indications of ear infections. Allergies and outdoor activities may also be a cause for irritation.
Feel the skin, lymph nodes and abdomen – We look for symptoms of systemic problems or metabolic diseases, including lumps, bumps, swellings, skin discolorations, lesions or patterns of hair loss or thinning.
Feel joints and muscles – Swollen joints, decreased muscle tone and variations in muscle size are worth noting, so we feel and move your pet’s joints and limbs. In young pets, we will look for developmental issues, and in our older friends we detect signs of arthritis.
Perform blood & lab tests - A complete annual physical exam should include a heartworm, blood and urine tests. These simple tests give us a baseline archive of your pet’s overall health and may point to underlying diseases.
Screen for parasites – A recommended fecal examination allows us to check for parasites or worms.
Scheduling a Wellness Exam for a Dog or Cat
Scheduling a wellness exam for your pet is simple. Give us a call at Bonnie Brae Veterinary Hospital regarding any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment.