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Preston Animal Clinic

Pet Wellness Exam

With a longstanding reputation dating back to 1967, we provide a full range of wellness services for all kinds of pets. From routine wellness exams and vaccinations to dental exams, parasite prevention, and everything in between—we’re here for your pet at all stages of life.

We recommend annual wellness exams for most pets that are in overall good health. For older/senior pets or pets with known medical conditions, we may recommend more frequent check-ups (such as twice annually).

There are many reasons as to why regular pet exams are so important. For starters, these exams allow us to stay on top of even the smallest of changes in your pet’s health that you might not otherwise notice. These small changes can serve as “red flags” for underlying illnesses and medical conditions. And of course, the sooner our veterinary team is able to diagnose a medical condition, the better our chances for being able to successfully treat it.

Your pet’s annual exams also provide you with a valuable opportunity as a pet owner to bring up any questions or concerns you may have about your pet’s health. Maybe you’re wondering about your pet’s weight, or perhaps you’re concerned about a recent change in your pet’s behavior. Either way, our veterinarians would be happy to sit down with you to address these concerns and answer your questions.

Depending on your pet’s age and risk factors, a wellness exam can also be used to screen for certain diseases and illnesses. For example, since older pets are more prone to diabetes, we may recommend a blood draw and lab work as part of your pet’s exam diagnostics.

And of course, if your pet’s wellness exam goes great and your pet appears to be in good health, the extra peace of mind provided by this exam is a wonderful thing.

Some of the things we evaluate at your pet’s annual wellness exam may include:

  1. Nutrition: Providing a well-balanced diet appropriate for the pet's species, age, size, and health condition is crucial. Proper nutrition ensures they receive essential vitamins, minerals, and macronutrients necessary for growth, energy, and overall health.

  2. Exercise and Physical Activity: Regular exercise helps maintain a healthy weight, strengthens muscles and bones, improves cardiovascular health, and prevents behavioral issues. The amount and type of exercise needed vary based on the pet's breed, age, and health status.

  3. Environmental Enrichment: Providing a stimulating and safe environment helps prevent boredom, anxiety, and behavioral problems. Enrichment activities, such as interactive toys, puzzles, and adequate socialization, promote mental stimulation and emotional well-being.

  4. Hygiene and Grooming: Regular grooming, including bathing, brushing, nail trimming, and dental care, helps maintain a pet's physical health and prevents issues like skin infections, matting, and dental disease.

  5. Stress Management: Minimizing stressors in a pet's environment and providing a secure and predictable routine contribute to their mental and emotional well-being. Avoiding sudden changes, providing a comfortable resting area, and offering positive reinforcement training techniques can help reduce stress.

  6. Socialization and Mental Stimulation: Interactions with other animals and people, exposure to various environments, and engaging in activities that challenge their cognitive abilities promote socialization, learning, and emotional resilience.