The importance of preventative health check for your furry family member
Hmm…kind of puts it in perspective when you think about it.
Our pets can be very good at hiding signs of illness or distress. Although dogs are more communicative, it is not uncommon for a dog to continue excitedly greeting you despite not feeling 100% on the inside. And all cat owners know how aloof and stoic our feline friends can be!
So, what happens in a preventative health check at Vetmed? These consultations are multi-disciplinary to ensure a full nose to tail exploration of your pet’s health occurs. Your insights into your pet are vital to share in these visits also, as you are best placed to alert us to anything we need to focus on.
We will check that your pet’s vaccination and parasite treatments are up to date, and ask about daily requirements like nutrition, water consumption and exercise. Just like a human check-up, a full physical examination will occur, looking at their eyes and ears, the quality of their coat and check for any breathing challenges. We will feel for any gastrointestinal issues, urogenital issues, glandular concerns and assess their mobility.
As well as their physical health, we are also concerned about their emotional and mental health, and a routine check enables a discussion about any behavioural concerns like ‘accidents’, changes in temperament or vocalisations.
Should anything be of concern during this routine check, we can then explain any recommended follow up actions, and stay one step ahead of anything that looks to be threatening your fur family members health and happiness.
We all know that prevention is better than cure, and prioritising your pet’s preventative health check will have you pet parenting like a pro. Let the team at Vetmed give you that ‘high five’ feeling each year and reward your fur baby with a clean bill of health!