Wellness Exams


We recommend regular wellness exams for the same reason your physician and dentist recommend them – if you can detect a problem in its early stages, it's more likely to be treated and resolved with less expense, less difficulty and better success.


As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Vaccinations, heartworm prevention and routine deworming are important components of wellness care and can prevent diseases that are not only life-threatening, but very expensive to treat. Click the following links for more information on feline or canine vaccinations and diseases.


Just as annual physical exams are recommended for humans, they are recommended for our pets as well. If your dog is older or has medical problems, he may need even more frequent examinations. A year is a long time in a dog's life. Assuming our pets will live to their early 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.





During your pet's annual physical exam you should review these aspects of your pet's health with your veterinarian:

  • Vaccination status

  • Parasite control for intestinal parasites, fleas, ticks, mites, and heartworm

  • Dental health – care you give at home; any mouth odour, 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

  • Behaviour – any behaviour problems such 'accidents,' 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