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Importance Of An Annual Pet Exam

Annual Pet Exams Keep Your Pet Healthy

Since pets have a shorter life span than humans, they age more quickly. As your pet gets older, our veterinarian may suggest more frequent wellness exams to ensure your pet remains healthy. It is much cheaper to have a wellness exam at The Animal Hospital at Lake Brandt in Summerfield and catch a problem early than it is to come in for emergency care.

What is Done During a Pet Wellness Exam?

During a wellness exam, our veterinary team will ask questions about your pet and its lifestyle. We will then take the pet's temperature, pulse, respiration rates, and weight. Our veterinarian will then take a look at the animal's eyes, nose, ears, mouth and teeth, lymph nodes, abdomen, hips, and legs. Our vet will also listen to the heart and lungs. A dental cleaning may be recommended as well as additional testing if there are any red flags. These could include x-rays, collecting a stool sample, urinalysis, or blood work. Vaccinations will also be given if the pet is due to receive them.

The Common Conditions Found During a Wellness Exam

Wellness exams can be used to detect painful joints, dental disease, eye or skin infections, heart murmurs, cataracts, tumors, dry eye, problems with weight, and the presence of ticks, fleas, or tapeworms. It is beneficial to find these problems early and begin treatment as soon as possible. The animal can feel better faster and you can avoid emergency veterinary bills down the road.

Keep Your Furry Friend Healthy and Happy

Call The Animal Hospital at Lake Brandt in Summerfield at (336) 643-2229 to schedule your next pet wellness exam. By being proactive, you can help ensure a happier and healthier pet for years to come.


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  • "I love Dr. Jernigan at AHLB and would never take my dog anywhere else! The staff is excellent with animals and always professional, courteous and respectful to owners. I have trusted this animal hospital for all of my dog's care, including check ups, surgeries (she's had three!) and for boarding when we have to go out of town. Every experience I have had here has been wonderful and I highly recommend their services to anyone looking for a veterinary office for their furry children!."
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