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Radford Animal Hospital: The Importance of Pet Wellness Exams

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Veterinarians at Radford Animal Hospital recommend regular wellness exams for pets for the same reason physicians for humans recommend them. It’s all about prevention and early detection of disease. The sooner a problem can be detected, the more likely treatment can have success. Plus, your pet cannot tell you when something is wrong or hurts. A comprehensive pet wellness exam is a nose-to-tail checkup that examines all of your pet’s major body systems to ensure that they are functioning properly.

During a pet wellness exam, your pet is weighed to determine if they are at a healthy weight. The skin and eyes are also carefully examined to determine any dermatological problems or vision issues. A thorough examination is done of the ears for the presence of parasites, infection and growths. Vets inspect the nose and mouth for abnormal discharges, smells and masses. A full-body review is done feeling your pet’s abdomen, legs and joints to identify pain and abnormalities. Using a stethoscope, vets listen to your pet’s heart and lungs to identify abnormal lung sounds or heart murmurs. At a pet wellness exam, your pet can also be updated with vaccinations and tested for heartworm, tick borne diseases, and intestinal parasites. All around, pet wellness exams are important to the long-term well being of your pet. Your veterinarian is in the best position to determine how often your pet should have a wellness examination, based on its age, lifestyle and existing health status.

Wellness Exam

At Radford Animal Hospital, we complement the clinical experience of a pet wellness exam with advising pet owners about preventative health measures and tips that are specific to your pet’s breed. We’re always happy to educate pet owners. In addition to our pet wellness exams, we also offer the following vet care services for pet owners in Christiansburg, Blacksburg, Dublin, Fairlawn, and New River Valley:

Microchip your pet in case they get lost. Spay or neuter your pet for a longer and healthier life. Keep your pets fresh and dapper-looking with our professional pet grooming services. Keep your pet healthy with both core and non-core vaccinations. And help your pet maintain good oral hygiene with our dental cleaning services. At Radford Animal Hospital, our team of veterinary professionals provides great care for your pet in a comfortable and caring environment. We operate a state-of-the-art veterinary facility.

Has it been a year past your pet’s last wellness exam? At Radford Animal Hospital, we recommend an annual pet wellness exam for optimal pet health. If it's been over a year since your pet's last wellness exam, Please give us a call at Radford Animal Hospital to schedule an initial exam for your pet. Optimal health for your pet begins at Radford Animal Hospital.