The Importance of Pet Exams
People need to have annual doctor visits in order to ensure their good health, and pets do also. It's arguably more important for pets, because they don't have the ability to tell their owners how they feel on a daily basis. An attentive owner might notice changes in her pet's behavior, but if the pet is lethargic one day, for example, it's hard to know with certainty whether that pet has fallen ill or is simply tired. Typically, pets need an annual exam to check their overall health, and need to visit a vet if they ever seem injured or are sick for more than a day or two.
Why Your Pet Needs Routine Exams
Annual pet exams are used to check for any number of present diseases and to catch any developing ongoing illness such as heart issues, arthritis, or many others. It's always important to catch such conditions and begin treating them as early as possible. Prevention is often easier and cheaper than treatment. Most conditions, if diagnosed early enough, can be treated effectively, allowing animals to live full and comfortable lives, either with or without ongoing medication and treatment as needed.
What to Expect During Pet Exams
During an annual wellness exam, you and your pet will meet with your pet's veterinarian. During the examination, your pet's veterinarian will perform a comprehensive physical examination of your pet, including checking his oral health, his eyes, nose, ears, and coat, whether or not he is receiving adequate hydration, and several other factors. Once the physical examination of your pet has been done, additional diagnostic tests may be recommended by your pet's vet. Things like bloodwork, urinalysis, and fecal analysis can reveal the presence of diseases and disorders like internal parasites and organ dysfunction.
Find a Veterinarian You Can Trust with Your Pet
Oakton Animal Hospital provides veterinary services in Elk Grove Village, IL as well as the Des Plaines and Mount Prospect areas. Dr. Glenn P. Ephraim, Dr. Ann Brooks, Dr. Mary Svobodak provide loving care and attention for all of your pet's needs, and you'll find the rest of our staff to be caring and courteous during our time with your pet. Contact us today by calling 847-439-8090 to schedule an appointment.