Wellness exams are a vital component to keeping your pet in tiptop shape from head to toe. North Ridge Veterinary Hospital recommends annual checkups for pets up to age 7, and semi-annual visits after that.
At this visit, we will record your pet's weight, look at his/her coat to make sure it is shiny and smooth and not dry or coarse, and check his/her skin for signs of dryness, greasiness, or "hot spots" (localized areas of inflammation or infection). The skin and coat are excellent indicators of overall health.
We will also listen to your pet's heart and examine his/her ears deep in the canal where infections can start and get out of control before they can be seen.
All findings are noted on the patient's medical chart in order to maintain a complete history and ensure follow up on areas of concern. The annual exam is also the time to update vaccinations and perform necessary testing.