How much do you know about the pet aging process? Because pets age much faster than people, only having an annual exam means that more than a calendar year has passed in the pet’s life between veterinary visits. “A visit to the veterinarian once a year is equivalent to people seeing their physician or dentist once every seven years,” says Dr. Welborn.
“Wellness or Early Detection examinations help pets live longer, happier and healthier lives. Like humans, as pets grow older, they are much more likely to develop serious illnesses. Consequently, pets could experience unnecessary pain or discomfort in the long period between annual visits. And, because our pets are genetically programmed to hide pain or illness, a pet owner may not realize anything is wrong until a problem is pretty far along. Twice yearly visits give the doctor the chance to identify and alleviate some of these illnesses or potential problems earlier.”
Twice yearly exams:
- enable early detection and treatment of potentially deadly diseases or conditions, particularly for senior pets
- allow you to schedule immunizations and other procedures during two visits, which can be better for your pet
- provides an opportunity for the doctor to consult with the pet owner about the pet’s weight, dental health, behavior problems, and other important health issues
- is often financially beneficial for clients to pay veterinary bills in increments during the course of a year instead of paying one large annual bill.
- help pets live longer, happier and healthier lives
Another great benefit: More frequent visits mean you’re communicating more with the doctor and helping to take better care of your pets.
Bottom line: Twice-a-year wellness exams are better medicine. Please contact us to schedule your pet’s semi-annual check up today.