Even though your pet appears healthy – and most likely is, the most important part of preventive pet health care is an annual checkup with a vet. Our highly trained, qualified, and experienced veterinarians have a keen eye for subtle clues that may indicate an underlying health issue with your pet.
Does my pet really require an annual checkup if they have no issues?
Yes! It is extremely important to get a routine checkup because pets are very good at hiding their pain. An annual checkup can allow us to detect health problems that may begin in your pet with no symptoms at all, but progress silently to something serious and life-threatening by the time symptoms appear. That's why we recommend health exams every 6 months for senior pets.
What entails a routine exam for my pet?
During the first portion of the visit, one of our technicians will ask you some routine questions to obtain a complete history of your pet, from diet to behaviour to bowel/bladder habits. Our veterinarian will then perform a thorough physical examination of your pet from nose to tail. Sometimes, we may recommend blood tests, urine tests, X-rays, blood pressure monitoring, or other diagnostic procedures.
How do I prepare my pet for a veterinary exam?
We know how scary a clinic can be for pets, so it's important we ensure their visit is a positive experience. Consider bringing your pet's favourite toy or treat to reward them after the exam. In cases where your pet has been to other veterinary clinics before, please let us know ahead of time so we can get their medical records transferred to us. This makes it easier for our veterinarians to diagnose your pet, given their history. Depending on your pet's case, you may also be asked to prepare and bring a stool or urine sample for lab testing.