Pet Wellness Exam FAQ

Pet Wellness Exam: Your Questions Answered by Our Casper Veterinarian

Your annual physical is a ‘must’ on your yearly to-do list, and so should a pet wellness exam for your beloved companion. Our Casper veterinarian from Westside Animal Hospital answers your questions about the pet wellness wellness exam frequently asked questions from your veterinarian in casper

What is a Pet Wellness Exam?

This exam is the baseline of preventative and sound veterinary care for your pet. Similar to your yearly physical, our vet gives your pet a head to toe exam to make sure nothing has changed since the last exam. This is also when we administer any vaccinations your pet may need.

What Are the Benefits of the Pet Wellness Exam?

You and your pet have many benefits, including:

  • Fewer, if any, serious illnesses: By keeping close yearly tabs on your pet’s health, our Casper veterinarian can catch illnesses before they become full-blown. 
  • Reduced veterinary costs: A yearly pet wellness exam is far cheaper than the enormous expenses that accompany a serious illness.
  • Healthy life and longer lifespan: Healthy pets enjoy life and have more energy, which in turn leads to a longer, happier life.
  • A good relationship with your vet: A yearly visit with your Casper veterinarian helps build a strong relationship with our vet for you and your pet.

What Happens During the Pet Wellness Exam?

Head-to-toe is indeed the bottom line of the yearly pet wellness exam at Westside Animal Hospital in Casper. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Weigh-in: This is the first step so we can compare your pet’s weight from year to year and catch any notable differences.
  • Eyes, nose, and ears: Many things can be indicated by the condition of these sense organs.
  • Coat: The state of your pet’s coat gives a key clue to your pet’s overall health.
  • Mouth: A pet’s teeth need to be in good condition to prevent infection, loss of jaw bone mass and possibly even internal organ damage.
  • Heart and lungs: The vet will use a stethoscope to ascertain your pet’s heart and lungs are strong and healthy.
  • Full body hand exam: The presence of lumps and masses may be harmless, but some need further testing and investigation.

What About Pet Vaccinations?

The pet wellness exam is when we administer the vaccinations your pet needs for the year. All pets need the following core vaccinations:

For dogs:

  • Rabies
  • Canine Distemper
  • Canine Hepatitis

For cats are:

  • Rabies
  • Feline Herpes
  • Panleukopenia

Non-core vaccinations are not necessary for all pets. Our Casper veterinarian will discuss your pet’s habits and lifestyle to recommend appropriate non-core vaccinations.

What About Pet Wellness for my Young or Older Pet?

Our vet wants to keep a close eye on our young and older pets. This means more frequent wellness visits. The young set needs more frequent visits to gradually build up their immunity with core vaccinations. We recommend that our older pet patients come in every 6 months so we can catch any brewing health issues.

Call Westside Animal Hospital in Casper Today!

Don’t wait for a serious problem to emerge. Give Westside Animal Hospital in Caspera call today at 307-472-5600 and be sure to ask about our free consultation for new clients.


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