Three Reasons Why a Yearly Exam is a Must for Pet Wellness
At Lake Forest Animal Clinic, we treat your pet like a member of the family. Just as it’s recommended that you see a doctor at least once a year, we recommend the same for your pet. These yearly visits allow us to build benchmarks for your pet’s overall health and allows us to really get to know them, so we can quickly diagnose when there is a change. These visits will be spent looking at overall health, checking oral/dental, going over diet, lifestyle changes, and anything else you’d like to discuss with us.
Here are three good reasons to schedule an annual pet wellness exam at Lake Forest Animal Clinic:
- Catch problems early. Just like with people, getting a check-up for your pet friend can help alert you to any issues. During a pet wellness visit, our team may notice signs of problems, such as a fever, fleas, heart murmur, or dental disease, which you may not be aware of. We can also alert you to problems specific to your town or region, such as an increase in Lyme disease or feline leukemia.
- Get a certificate if you take your pet on vacation. Many states require travelers to carry a current Certificate of Veterinary Inspection from an accredited veterinarian if they travel with their pet. This document verifies that your pet is healthy and has no signs of disease that could be spread to humans or other animals. Many airlines require such a certificate when travelers fly with their pets. Even if you don’t need a certificate, it is a good idea to get your pet checked out before and after the trip, just to make sure he or she didn’t bring home an unwanted souvenir!
- Get to know the vet. Even if your furry friend is in perfect health, an annual pet wellness exam can help you stay connected with our veterinarian’s office. You and your pet will be more familiar with our staff, and they’ll know your family better. With consistency in your pet’s care, we’ll be able to make sure that changes in their health are monitored and quickly diagnosed based on previous appointments.
Your pets can’t always let you know when they aren’t feeling like their usual selves. An annual check-up can help you better understand your pet’s health and what you can do to give them the best, longest life possible.