After years of optimizing wellness in our patients, we’ve found that the foundation to a long, happy, and healthy life is the implementation of comprehensive preventative care programs. At Concord Veterinary Hospital, we recommend all dogs and cats under our care receive either a dog or cat annual exam at Farragut, TN.
A routine visit will include a nose-to-tail physical examination, which is the first step of all of our preventative care programs. In addition to physical examinations, we offer vaccinations, parasite control, microchip insertion, and nutrition and weight management.
We are always here for you and your pet family. If you have any questions at all about your pet’s wellness, do not hesitate to call us or simply stop by during open business hours. We are always happy to serve our clients.
The first step to long-term wellness in your special pet? A comprehensive nose-to-tail physical examination. Routine visits are a time-proven tool to maximize pets’ overall health because they provide opportunities for our veterinarians to detect potential health concerns in early stages when they are most easily remedied with the least pain to your pet. Because pets age at a much faster rate than humans, this is hugely important to maximizing health and longevity. That’s why it’s a universal recommendation for all pets under our care, regardless of age or health status.
All pets should visit us at least once a year – even seemingly healthy pets. Puppies, kittens, senior pets, and special needs pets benefit from more frequent visits.
A comprehensive physical exam at Concord Animal Hospital includes the following:
- Record weight
- Listen to the heart and lungs
- Assess the oral cavity
- Check the coat and skin
- Palpate the abdomen, joints, and lymph nodes
All of the aforementioned physical elements of a wellness examination give our medical team a wealth of information of your pet’s overall health. But, there are some things a physical examination alone cannot tell us. That’s why wellness visits also involve a heartworm test and full blood workup. These tests help your veterinarian identify underlying diseases that may go undetected in a physical exam and, for healthy pets, these results create a baseline of health if your pet becomes sick between visits. Additional diagnostic tests and lab work that may be recommended on a case-by-case basis include fecal tests, skin scrapings, urinalysis, and more.
Client education is also an elemental component of routine wellness visits at Concord Veterinary Hospital. Our medical team encourages you to ask any questions you may have, and consider jotting down questions you may have in advance before your visit. Hitting these touch points during your visit will help you to keep your pet as healthy as possible at home between visits.
This will help you to keep your pet as healthy as possible at home between visits.