This isn't a chew toy!Have you ever had doubts or questions pop into your head about your pet’s health or behavior, only to have them vanish when you need them the most? We’re talking about the moment during a preventive pet wellness exam that could be educational and beneficial to your role as a pet owner. With our tips, you won’t have to struggle to recall an episode from months ago – and you’ll leave with the fullest understanding of your pet’s health.

Write it Down

We recommend keeping a notebook or journal to keep track of your pet’s diet, behavior patterns, exercise routines, and any other changes to normal life. Jotting down your observations over time will help communicate any questions or concerns you might have during your pet’s exam.

Lining it Up

Once you set up the appointment (chances are, it’s scheduled 6 to 12 months in advance), it’s time to prepare your pet. He or she may already be crate trained. If not, it’s a good idea to give your pet a heads up that a visit to the vet is imminent. This can be achieved through the strategic placement of the travel crate in your shared space.

Try to keep your pet as calm and happy as possible before transporting them, and we’ll do our best to make sure they remain that way.

What to Expect

Typically, we address any or all of the following at a pet wellness exam:

  • Weight changes
  • Appetite or thirst levels
  • Bathroom habits
  • Ear and eye health
  • Skin problems, such as scratching, inflammation, lumps and bumps, etc.
  • Changes in physical ability
  • Oral health

If you ever notice abrupt or obvious changes in health, please give us a call.

Preparing for a Pet Wellness Exam

A major component of prepping for a pet wellness exam is the simple act of arriving on time. Know you may also be directed to bring the following items with you to the appointment:

  • Medications, prescriptions, vaccination records, and a general medical history from your previous vet (if applicable). We like to see brand names, dosage information, and frequency of any medications or supplements.
  • A stool sample for parasite screening (in a Ziploc or plastic waste bag)
  • Specific forms (especially if you’re a new client)

Safety First

It’s critical to address your pet’s personality and disposition. Anxiety, fear, and aggression can make a full physical exam challenging, but when we focus on everyone’s safety and comfort, we’re better able to overcome those challenges.

Sometimes, certain triggers (like loud noises or strange people and animals) make a pet behave differently. We embrace the opportunity to talk about these triggers. It’s also not uncommon for sudden personality changes to result from a developing illness, making a routine pet wellness exam even more important.

Engaged and Involved

We value the time you spend preparing for a pet wellness exam and look forward to your honest comments and questions. Remember, this appointment is your chance to tap into our experience and education. To help us best serve and care for your pet, don’t forget to bring your notebook or journal!