We often get asked about what a comprehensive exam entails and how often a dog or cat should schedule one. Every 6 months? Every Year?
Well that is a great question so here are some guidelines to keep in mind and of course consult with your vet to make sure you have the best strategy for your pet.
Puppies and kittens under 1 year: every 3-4 weeks until 16 weeks old.
Dogs and cats 1-7 years old: once a year (at a minimum)
Senior dogs and cats 7-10+ years old: twice a year, if your vet agrees this is necessary.
Whats in a Comprehensive Exam?
Now you are probably wondering what a comprehensive exam includes?
Well this is very similar to what you would get at your doctors office when you show up for a physical exam. They start off with a weigh in and then check you from head to toe only in your pets case it would from nose to tail!
During an exam we check your pet's eyes, ears, and teeth to make sure everything looks healthy. They're also listen your pets' heart for any irregular rhythms, feel their belly, and do an orthopedic exam to make sure joints are arthritis free.
We will also update any necessary vaccines at this time, prescribe preventatives or other medications, discuss blood work if it's recommended, and answer any questions you may have.
If you have any questions on when your pet last had a comprehensive exam be sure to either contact us or your vet.