Many owners understand the importance of pet wellness care. However, the concept may still be elusive to some. Keep reading to learn more how pet wellness encourages health and longevity through early detection and disease prevention.
An Overview of Pet Wellness Care
Prevention is now the driving force behind modern veterinary medicine, and regular exams are key to keeping your companion happy and healthy.
These exams allow us to establish a baseline and closely monitor changes in your pet’s health that occur with age or over time. During the physical exam, we typically evaluate the following areas:
- Muscle mass and skeletal structure
- Gait and balance
- Skin and coat
- Eyes, ears, and nose
- Teeth and gums
- Heart rate/pulse
- Respiratory function
- Palpation of lymph nodes
- Palpation of chest and abdomen
- Much more!
Personalized Wellness Care
A good pet wellness plan is one that’s tailored to the needs of your companion. Obviously, your pet is one-of-a-kind, which requires unique veterinary care and consideration. Recommendations should be specific to the following factors:
- Species and breed
- Current state of health
- Past surgeries or illnesses
- Emotional/behavioral issues
- Changes to the family dynamic (e.g., a new baby)
- Food allergies
- Genetic conditions
Your thoughts and goals are also important to your pet’s wellness. Establishing a strong bond with your companion is important, and a good way to do this is by staying informed about the health issues that affect your pet.