Pets make great companions, but they require a great deal of care and responsibility. Your pet relies on you for everything from food and shelter to love and affection. It is also up to you to ensure that your pet lives a long and healthy life. The best way to do this is to get regular exams for your pet. At Willow Glen Pet Hospital in San Jose, CA, we provide wellness exams and a variety of other veterinary services. Our goal is to keep your pet healthy and happy.
Your pet will need a complete exam every year to ensure it is healthy. During the exam, there are several things our vet will check, including:
- Heart and lungs
In addition, our vet will have your pet walk so we can examine its gait. This exam will detect any diseases or conditions that need to be treated.
Your pet will need vaccinations to stay healthy. When your pet is young, it will get most of its shots. Every year, your pet will need a rabies booster. Most states require pets to get the rabies shot yearly. Depending on what vaccines it gets, it may need other booster shots as well. These vaccines will protect your pet from preventable diseases.
When you bring your pet in for its annual visit, our veterinarian will weight it. Pet obesity is a serious problem that can cause severe health conditions, including heart disease and diabetes. If our vet determines that your pet has a weight issue, we will discuss diet and exercise regimens with you to help your pet lose weight and avoid serious health complications.
During your pet's annual exam, our vet may want a stool sample to test for intestinal parasites. We might also want to take blood and test a urine sample. These tests are more common in senior pets. However, if our veterinarian suspects that a pet of any age has an illness, we will run these tests.
Discuss Spaying and Neutering
If your pet has not been spayed or neutered, our veterinary team will discuss this with you during the exam. Spaying your female pet can keep her from getting pregnant and from developing uterine and breast cancer and urinary tract infections. Also, your female pet won't go into heat, which is beneficial for owners.
When your male pet is neutered, it won't be able to get female pets pregnant and won't be able to get testicular cancer. In addition, the risk of your pet developing a prostate condition greatly decreases. Neutering your pet can also improve its behavior.
Questions and Concerns
It is not uncommon to have questions are concerns regarding your pet's health, diet, and behavior. During your pet's annual visit, you can bring up these concerns with our team. Our vet will answer your questions and provide any medication or other services your pet needs.
Visit Our Veterinarian in San Jose, CA for a Pet Exam
It is your job to keep your pet healthy and safe, which is why it is essential to schedule an annual pet wellness exam. At Willow Glen Pet Hospital in San Jose, CA, our veterinarian will address any concerns and ensure that your pet is healthy. Call us today to schedule an appointment.