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Pet Exams FAQ for Pets in Overland Park, KS


Pet exams are an important part of your pet's preventative healthcare. All pets, from the very young to the very old, can benefit from wellness exams with the vet. Below are some of the commonly asked questions that pet owners ask us about wellness exams for their animal friends.

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How often should pets see the veterinarian for examination?

The first visit is generally at 8 weeks of age. After that, most pets need to see the veterinarian once a year for a wellness exam, however, there are some pets that need to see the veterinarian more often. For example, pets who are very old may be asked to see the veterinarian every six months.

In addition, pets who display symptoms of illness, injury or a serious medical condition may also need to see the veterinarian more often than once per year. The following symptoms are an indication that your pet should see the veterinarian as soon as possible:

  • Loss of appetite.
  • Ongoing lethargy.
  • Sudden weight loss.
  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Lumps or bumps under the skin.

What does the veterinarian look for during an examination?

During the wellness examination, your pet's vet will check your pet's fur, skin, teeth, mouth, eyes, ears, nose and coat. The vet will also listen to your pets heart and lungs, and palpate it's abdomen. Your pet's vet may also take a sample of your pet's blood and feces. These samples will be tested at a lab for signs of parasites and serious medical conditions.

What are the benefits of pet examinations?

Pet wellness examinations have many benefits, including:

  • Improved relationship with the veterinarian. Seeing the vet on a regular basis can help your pet get used to seeing the vet. This develops trust and a bond between your pet and the veterinarian.
  • Chance to ask the vet questions. During your pet's wellness exam, you'll get the chance to ask your pet's veterinarian questions about your pet's behavior and health. This will help you understand your pet and can make you a better caregiver for your animal friend.
  • Improved quality of life. Wellness exams help your pet's veterinarian keep your pet healthy, which can improve your pet's quality of life.
  • Longer life span. Pets who get regular preventative medical care may live much longer than pets who do not see the veterinarian on a regular basis.

Do pet exams hurt?

Pet wellness exams typically do not hurt, except when blood is drawn. Even this step does not hurt very much, and most veterinarians are experienced at taking blood quickly and with minimal pain.

When is the earliest you can bring your pet in for his or her first wellness exam?

You can bring your pet in for his or her first wellness exam by the age of about 6 weeks. When this happens, your pet's veterinarian may administer your pet's first vaccinations and make recommendations for future treatment.

To find out more about your pet's wellness exam, contact your pet's veterinarian at Nall Hills Animal Hospital at (913) 341-8836.

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