Adopting a pet is a very big responsibility. Your pet is going to rely on you for food, water, shelter, love, and affection. It is also up to you to make sure that your pet remains healthy. The best way to ensure your pet's health is to schedule annual vet care exams with The Veterinary Hospital in Eugene, OR. There are several reasons why annual visits to the vet are so important to your pet's health.
Nose To Tail Exam
When you have your pet examined by one of our veterinarians each year, we will do a nose to tail examination. During this visit, the vet will check your pet's eyes, ears, nose, and mouth. We will listen to your pet's heart and lungs. Finally, the veterinarian will examine your pet's fur and skin and will observe your pet’s gait. This exam is essential in detecting any health conditions that can be treated.
During your pet's annual visit, the vet may want to order labs such as blood work, a urine sample, or a stool sample. Labs are performed on pets of all ages but are more commonly done on older pets.
If your pets are going to live a long and healthy life, they will need vaccinations every year. Pets get most of their shots during the first year of their lives, but they will still need booster shots and a rabies shot every year. During your pet's annual visit, the vet will check the chart to see which shots your pet is due for so they can be administered.
Pet obesity has become a very serious problem over the years. Approximately 35 percent of the pet population is overweight or obese. Like obesity in humans, pet obesity can cause several serious medical issues. During your pet's annual comprehensive exam, your pet will be weighted. If your pet is overweight or obese, the vet can discuss diets with you. We can also provide ideas regarding a daily exercise regimen for your pet. The sooner your pet reaches a healthy weight, the healthier it will be in the future.
Questions and Concerns
It is not uncommon to have questions and concerns regarding your pet's health, diet, or behavior. When you bring your pet to our veterinarians for an annual exam, it is a great time to mention any pet-related issues. When you adopt a pet, it is essential to schedule annual visits with The Veterinary Hospital in Eugene, OR. Our veterinarians will perform a complete exam to ensure the health of your furry friend. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, call us today at (541) 688-1835.