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Preventative / Wellness Care

Just as annual physical exams are recommended for humans, they are recommended for our pets as well. If your pet is older or has medical problems, he or she may need even more frequent examinations. (A year is a long time in a cat or dog's life.)
Assuming our pets will live to their early or middle teens, receiving a yearly exam means they will only have about thirteen exams in a lifetime. That is not very many when you think about it.

These aspects of your pet's health should be reviewed with your veterinarian at each annual exam:

  • Vaccination status and potential for exposure to disease (i.e., indoor or outdoor cat, dog that gets boarded or groomed)
  • Parasite control for parasites including fleas, ticks, mites, intestinal worms and heartworms.
  • Dental health - care you give at home; any mouth odors, pain, or other signs of disease you may have observed
  • Nutrition - including what your pet eats, how often, what supplements and treats are given, and changes in water consumption, weight or appetite
  • Exercise - how much exercise your pet receives including how often and what kind; and any changes in your pet's ability to exercise
  • Ears and Eyes - any discharge, redness, or itching
  • Stomach and intestines - any vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, gas, belching, or abnormal stools
  • Breathing - any coughing, shortness of breath, sneezing, or nasal discharge
  • Behavior - any behavior problems such as inappropriate elimination, aggression, or changes in temperament
  • Feet and legs - any limping, weakness, toenail problems
  • Coat and skin - any hair loss, pigment changes, lumps, itchy spots, shedding, mats, or anal sac problems
  • Urogenital - any discharges, heats, changes in mammary glands, urination difficulties or changes, neutering if it has not already been performed
  • Blood tests - especially for geriatric pets, those with medical problems, and those who are receiving medications


Experts generally agree on what vaccines are 'core' vaccines, i.e., what vaccines should be given to every pet, and what vaccines are given only to certain cats (noncore). Whether to vaccinate with noncore vaccines depends upon a number of things including the age, breed, and health status of the pet, the type of vaccine, the potential exposure of the pet to an animal that has the disease(e.g.where the pet lives or may visit), and how common the disease is in your geographical area .