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No matter what your pet's age or perceived level of health, it's generally recommended that you schedule a general health screening or wellness exam for your pet at least once a year. For older pets, a twice-a-year screening may be the better option. After all, your pet's overall health could depend on it. Casillas Veterinary Hospital in Montebello can help with your Pet health screening needs.
Specific health screenings will vary from one type of pet to the next. In general, however, a health screening involves weighing the pet, evaluating its breathing and heart function, checking out its eyes and ears, taking its temperature, and providing an evaluation of its overall health and wellness. In some cases, lab testing may also be done as a part of a general wellness exam.
Pet health screenings matter because they provide you with a window into your pet's health. Even a pet that seems perfectly healthy and happy at home could be dealing with some underlying health issues that are having a negative impact on its life. Furthermore, with regular wellness exams, your veterinary staff may even be able to detect a potential health problem and treat it before it evolves into a major issue. In many ways, wellness exams are great for preserving your pet's health and keeping you informed.
For example, with a wellness exam, your vet tech or even your pet's veterinarian may be able to locate and detect a small mass or tumor somewhere on your pet's body long before it becomes visible to the naked eye or to your touch. From there, your vet will be able to order the necessary testing to determine whether the mass is cancerous or benign. If the mass ends up being cancerous, your pet will have the best chance at survival due to the fact that it was caught early. And all because you cared enough about your pet to schedule a wellness exam.
If your pet hasn't had a health screening this year, then it may be time to schedule an appointment with your trusted East Los Angeles veterinarian. Furthermore, if your pet is of advanced age, there's a good chance that any reputable veterinarian will want to see your pet twice a year or more for wellness exams. With a geriatric wellness exam, your vet may focus more on looking for age-related issues and health conditions that could affect your pet's life. Ultimately, the goal is to ensure that your older pet can live out his or her years as happily as possible.
Here at Casillas Veterinary Hospitals, our goal is to help your pet live its best possible life. As such, we provide everything from general wellness exams to vaccinations, behavioral counseling, and so much more. We proudly serve the Montebello and Lynwood areas as well, so be sure to give our office a call at (323) 726-1525 today to schedule your pet's next appointment with us.