You may already know that one dog year is equivalent to seven human years. Our furry family members grow and develop much faster and this is why regular examinations are so important. Imagine going seven years without seeing your family doctor! This is why we recommend you take your pet to see one of our veterinarians at least once per year, although once every 6 months is ideal. To learn more about our veterinary exam services for pets, and to find out about why these examinations are so important, please call us at 403.239.4657.
What happens during a veterinary exam?
Here at Edgemont Veterinary Clinic, a regular health examination includes examination of your pet’s basic bodily systems (e.g. cardio-vascular, respiratory, musculoskeletal, oral, visual, etc.) which contributes towards an evaluation of overall health. Blood pressure testing and bloodwork may be recommended for more thorough evaluation, especially if the doctor suspects an underlying problem. We listen and discuss with you any concerns around changes in behaviour, appetite, bodily functions, mobility and comfort.
Why should I take my pet to the vet?
Regular examinations provide many benefits, and are key in keeping your pet in good health. Unlike most of us, pets cannot verbalize if they are feeling unwell. In fact, many will try to hide their illness as a natural defense mechanism. Regular exams will allow us to test for any underlying health conditions. Below are some of the other benefits of regular exams:
What does preventive care mean when it comes to pets?
Preventive care management begins with an assessment for your individual pet based on lifestyle, age, and breed specific health risks (how these risks can be reduced). Patient lifestyle, specific vaccines, parasite prevention, and methods to protect them from disease prior to illness are also discussed. Regular examinations are a key part of preventive veterinary care.