An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure

Veterinarians recommend regular wellness exams for the same reason your physician and dentist recommend them – if you can detect a problem in its early stages, it’s more likely to be treated and resolved with less expense, less difficulty and better success.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Vaccinations, heartworm prevention and parasite protection are important components of wellness care and can prevent diseases that are not only life-threatening, but very expensive to treat.

What does the vet look for during an exam?

Mouth
Bad breath can lead to more than a ‘no kisses’ policy. Your vet will check for tartar, inflammation and infections that can make your pet sick.
Ears
Your vet checks for infection, mites and other ear problems.
Eyes
Your vet looks for signs of cataracts, glaucoma, infection, jaundice, allergies and more.
Body
During the exam, it may appear the doctor is simply giving your pet a good rub, but your vet checks  body muscle tone, weight, feels for tumors, signs of pain and for enlarged lymph nodes or organs that can be a sign of infection.
Under The Tail
It’s not pretty, but your vet checks under the tail for anal gland issues, tapeworms and tumors.
Skin & Coat
Your vet will check your furry friend for fleas, ticks, allergic conditions, skin infections and lumps and bumps.
Joints & Spine
Your vet will check the joints and spine for signs of pain and tenderness.
Heart & Lungs
Your vet listens for heart murmurs, irregular beats and makes sure the lungs are clear.