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If your pet is healthy and energetic, you may wonder if it’s necessary to bring him in for an annual wellness exam. Pet exams, however, can be essential to keeping your pet healthy over the long haul. During an annual checkup, a McMurray, PA, veterinarian on our veterinary team may uncover a developing health issue that can be treated early to prevent major health problems later. Schedule a pet exam with us at Pleasant Valley Veterinary Clinic so we can stay on top of your pet's care. 

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What to Expect from a Pet Wellness Exam

A wellness exam is essentially a physical checkup to evaluate your pet’s health. A McMurray vet on our team will visually inspect your pet from nose to tail to detect signs of health issues. We might check your pet’s eyes and ears for signs of infection, look at his skin and coat for dermatology issues, inspect his mouth and teeth for oral problems, and examine his joints for signs of arthritis. We might also listen to your pet’s heart and lungs for signs of heart or respiratory issues.

During a pet exam, a vet on our team may notice problems in the making that could hinder your pet later down the line, such as excess weight gain or laziness. If so, we may recommend changes in your pet’s diet or lifestyle to improve his state of health. We’ll also update your pet’s vaccinations, if necessary. Keeping current on your pet’s vaccinations ensures he’s well protected against life-threatening diseases throughout his life.

A yearly checkup is also a good time for you to ask questions concerning your pet’s health, diet, behavior or lifestyle or seek guidance concerning your pet’s care.

Importance of Wellness Exams

Pets can benefit from an annual checkup to confirm they’re in good health. A thorough checkup will enable a vet on our team to catch health problems early when they’re easier (and less expensive) to treat, saving you the cost of lengthy treatments later down the line. Treating health problems early can also spare your pet unnecessary pain and suffering and expedite his recovery. A wellness exam can also help prevent health problems, potentially giving your furry friend a chance to live a long and healthy life. If you tend to worry about your pet, an annual checkup can give you peace of mind concerning his health and care.  

Get a Pet Wellness Checkup and Pet Vaccinations from a Veterinarian on Our Veterinary Team

To schedule a wellness exam for your pet, contact us at Pleasant Valley Veterinary Clinic in McMurray, PA, at (724) 941-5484. We look forward to adding your furry friend to our pet patient family.