Animal wellness and the importance of regular exams

Animal wellness and the importance of regular exams

Did you know that more than 60% of Memphians own a dog or cat? Our pets provide us love, comfort and security – and all they ask of us in return is the same. To ensure that your pet is healthy, it’s important to incorporate regular wellness exams into their routine. Routine wellness exams offer early detection and disease prevention, which means a healthier and longer life for your furry friend! 

Why should you have your pets examined regularly?

Pets are genetically wired to hide illness. Through routine wellness exams, preventable ailments like obesity, ear infections and dental disease can be addressed, and early screenings for arthritis, diabetes and kidney disease can be conducted.   

What happens during a wellness exam?

A wellness exam for your pet is similar to a physical exam for humans – it’s designed to detect any diseases and to ensure that your pet is living their best, healthiest life. 

During a wellness exam, you’ll share important tidbits about your pet’s lifestyle; the veterinarian will make note of how often your pet exercises, what they eat, where they live, etc. Next, temperature, pulse, respiration rates and weight are recorded, followed by a head-to-tail exam. After testing for heartworms and intestinal parasites, the vet will make recommendations on how to boost your pet’s health. The advice may touch on behavioral issues, dental care, pain management or nutritional guidance.

How often should you get your pets examined?

The frequency of wellness exams depends on the size, age and breed of your pet. For every human year, your pet ages five to seven years. The ideal interval between wellness exams is six months, especially for senior pets, as it helps to get ahead of potentially serious conditions that come with old age. 

At the Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County, we make it a point to put our pets’ health first. We offer reduced-cost veterinary care to government assisted residents in our community, while closely monitoring the animals in our care. If you’re looking for local veterinary clinics in the Mid-South and don’t qualify for support at the Humane Society, you can find resources on our website.

 

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