Imagine if you never visited your doctor for routine checkups. When you skip your dog or cat’s veterinary exam, we’re missing an opportunity to assess their overall health and provide recommendations on how to give them the best quality of life. This also allows us to diagnose health concerns early on, improving the effectiveness of treatments.
What typically happens during a veterinary exam?
During your dog or cat’s veterinary or wellness exam, our veterinarians will review their medical history and perform a thorough physical examination. We’ll also give your dog or cat the appropriate vaccinations and perform a diagnostic workup, which could include a range of tests to check for parasites and underlying diseases. We’ll also prescribe preventives and potentially recommend dental work based on your dog or cat’s oral health or other follow-up care. The specific services provided during the exam will vary depending on their age. You can help by letting your veterinarian know if you’ve noticed unusual behaviour or physical changes in your pet.
How often does my healthy dog or cat need veterinary visits?
Puppies and kittens need frequent visits during their first few weeks of life. As they reach adulthood, yearly visits are necessary. Senior dogs and cats should have visits at least twice per year. The frequency of visits can vary depending on their overall health. To book your dog or cat’s next visit, please contact us at 905-945-8631.
Why does my dog or cat need veterinary exams?
Preventative healthcare is an integral part of your dog or cat’s routine exams. Through diagnostic testing and screening, as well as by administering preventive medication and vaccinations, we can safeguard your dog or cat against a range of preventable illnesses. When you consider the cost of prevention versus the cost of treating a disease or condition, you’ll find that treatment is often far more expensive. For example, parvovirus treatment can cost 10 times more than a single parvovirus vaccination. When you keep your pet up-to-date on preventive care, your pet won’t have to suffer from a condition that could have been prevented or treated.