Your companion animals are everything to you, and you want them to have the best care possible. At Peninsula Animal Hospital, we want the same thing. What better way to make sure your pets are in the best health than scheduling appointments for a wellness exam. A pet wellness exam is an essential medical check-up that focuses on making sure your pets are in the best health. It is a service we are proud to offer to pets in the Carmel, CA, and surrounding areas.

What a Veterinarian Checks for in a Wellness Exam

As a pet owner, you play a role in a wellness exam since the first thing our veterinarian does is take a health history of your animal. So, we will first want to hear about your pet’s eating and sleeping habits, exercise schedule, and any concerns you may have about his behavior or health. Next, we will conduct a head to tail examination, gently opening its mouth to inspect the teeth, gums, and tongue. Then, our vets listen to your pet’s heart and lungs, making sure the heart rhythm levels and respiration rates of these two organs are normal. Afterward, we palpitate the abdominal and rib area, feeling for lumps, growths, or swollen lymph nodes, and noting the presence of any external parasites. To finish up the physical part of the wellness exam, the musculoskeletal system is evaluated.

Depending on your animal’s age and health, we may conduct several lab tests to check the chemistry levels in the body. If everything is fine with your pet, we will give you recommendations for his health. For example, we may suggest the following vet care services to further improve your pet’s health:

  • Dental care
  • Vaccinations
  • Preventative care
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Pain management
  • Behavioral advice
  • Heartworm testing

Why Pet Exams Are Essential

Wellness exams are vital to a pet’s health in many ways. But, the main reason is that they help us, veterinarians, to find problems early on before they seriously affect the well-being and health of your pet. Since pets cannot tell us when something is wrong with them, wellness exams are the only way to tell us what the problem is and how to treat it.

Make A Vet Care Appointment Today

For more information about the wellness exam process or to make an appointment, contact the vets from Peninsula Animal Hospital in the Monterey area, CA, at 831-649-0415.