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Pet Wellness Exams
Caring for a pet requires appropriate medical examinations, proper medication to prevent sicknesses and advice about handling different problems that arise. Los Angeles veterinarians offer the tools to help pet owners keep up with changing medical needs as a pet ages and goes through different stages of life. A key part of working with the professionals at our clinic is going through an annual exam and ensuring that your pet is as healthy as possible.
As a pet owner, it is your responsibility to ensure that your pet has the appropriate level of care that he or she needs. Regular wellness exams ensure that you catch problems early and it prevents long-term health consequences from treatable conditions. A wellness exam differs for each pet based on breed, species and potential health concerns, so you can feel confident that your pet is in good hands when visiting our clinic.
A pet wellness exam refers to a simple check-up that helps identify potential problems before it leads to serious health concerns. During the exam, Los Angeles veterinarians at the Century Veterinary Group give your pet appropriate vaccinations against common diseases or health concerns. Our team also checks for allergies, potential health concerns associated with a specific pet breed and any concerns associated with a pet's behavior.
Veterinarians ask a pet owner about any problems that he or she has noticed to ensure that any potential symptoms are documented and managed. If necessary, the exam will check for signs of diseases, particularly as a pet ages and starts to have age-related health concerns.
The appropriate timing for pet wellness exams ultimately depends on the age of the pet, the owner's schedule and any problems that occur. As a general rule, pet owners want to obtain an annual exam to prevent any health conditions and learn about recommendations a vet makes about a pet's diet or exercise needs.
If a cat or dog is expecting, then pet owners should get more regular exams to ensure that a pet is ready for the birth of puppies or kittens. Always follow the recommendations of a veterinarian regarding any special circumstances like a pet pregnancy, a disease that previous exams discover or any odd behaviors that a pet exhibits between annual exams.
In the case of young pets, like a puppy or a kitten, the first year will usually have more regular exams. Expect roughly four to five visits to our clinic within a pet's first year of life to ensure that a puppy, kitten or other pet obtains appropriate vaccinations and has appropriate medications to prevent any problems with parasites. After the first year, most pets will only need an exam once per year to update vaccinations and check for any health concerns.
Enjoy the freedom and happiness of a healthy pet. Visit our clinic today to learn more about our services or call 310-559-2500 to set up an appointment for a wellness exam.