Cat & Dog Exams in Dyer
Your pet is an important member of your family, and naturally, you want them to have the best life they can with you. One of the best ways to ensure their health and happiness is to bring them to the vet for regular pet wellness care. Annual cat and dog exams at Dyer Animal Clinic give us a chance to evaluate any health changes so we can catch diseases early, which gives us a better shot at treating them faster and more effectively, too.
Why Your Pet Needs Annual Exams
Your pet ages differently than you do. In their first year of life, a dog and a cat will age approximately 15 human years. Each subsequent year is a bit less (about 9 human years in their second year, and 4-5 human years each year after that). With at least 4 years of development to our 1, a lot can change. That's why annual exams are so important. We can catch signs of illness early and address any problems before they become more serious.
Care That Grows with Your Pet
A kitten or puppy needs different care than an older cat or dog, so we tailor our care to suit them as they grow older. Any pet wellness care exam, no matter the age, includes the basic elements of a comprehensive physical, vaccinations if due for a booster, a fecal exam to check for intestinal parasites, and blood work if needed.
Adult cats and dogs are generally at their most active and healthiest. Yet, they’ll still need routine vaccinations (typically every 1 or 3 years), as well as fecal tests to check for parasites (yes, even with parasite preventatives!). A thorough physical to check for any abnormalities is also essential for their preventative care. At this stage of life, we may also recommend a dental cleaning to keep their teeth and gums healthy.
Nutritional Counseling & Weight Loss Plans
Obesity is a major problem for many pets. As they age, their nutritional needs change. If you notice weight gain, talk to our team! Our expert veterinarians will set your pet on a weight loss plan that includes both dietary changes and exercise.