Hickory Veterinary Hospital recommends all pets be examined twice a year in order to prevent/detect medical problems. Pets age faster than we do and as a result, health problems can progress much more rapidly. Regular wellness examinations will confirm that your pet is healthy or help catch problems before they can become more serious.
Your pet’s semi-annual veterinary visit may include:
- a nose-to-tail physical examination
- blood work/screenings
- pain assessment
- nutritional counseling
- vaccinations if necessary
- an intestinal parasite screening
- recommendations for routine wellness
We will also assess your pet’s comfort level and address any concerns about pain. Even younger cats and dogs can experience chronic pain due to joint disease (osteoarthritis, hip dysplasia, luxating patellas, cruciate ligament (ACL) and dental disease.