Routine medical assessment of your pet is recommended every year. It is often referred to as an “annual exam”, or a “puppy or kitten wellness exam”. These exams allow the veterinarians at Martensville Veterinary Hospital to medically assess your pet from nose to tail. They are important! When pets are ill, we are looking at identifying and resolving the cause of that particular illness. At a wellness exam, our veterinarians will be able to give priority to smaller details, and overall trends, in order to optimize your pet’s health. These appointments also allow us to develop a plan around maintaining your pet at a healthy weight, and providing optimal nutrition for their particular life stage, lifestyle, and health needs. Further, wellness exams are a great time to discuss any concerns or questions you have about nutrition, behavior, travel, emergency preparedness, etc.
Puppies and kittens receive wellness exams at age 8 weeks, 12 weeks, 16 weeks, and 20 weeks. At these exams, the focus is on identifying common disorders present at birth, identifying hereditary and/or breed specific defects, and monitoring growth and development. If your wellness exams are up to date and you have concerns, you may want to book a separate focused consultation. In some cases we can even offer follow-up consultations with one of our registered veterinary technicians.
For more information on our Wellness Plans, please visit our Wellness section and click on the life stage of your pet.
When your pet falls ill, Martensville Veterinary Hospital will be there to provide both scheduled and emergency medical assessments. To ensure a proper diagnosis and the best medical advice, we need to examine your pet – there’s really no way around it. Many serious conditions have the exact same signs as ones that are not that serious.
First, we require a thorough history of when and how the problem started. This will help our veterinarian narrow down some of the possible causes. Our veterinarian will then examine your pet’s eyes, ears, mouth, and skin, as well as his or her cardiovascular, neurological, gastrointestinal, and skeletal systems, for major abnormalities. If indicated by the history and medical exam, we can perform blood and urine tests, x-rays, or other diagnostic services to check for abnormalities in your pet’s kidneys, liver, pancreas, and endocrine systems. Based on your pet’s exam and test results, our veterinarians will work with you to develop a plan to resolve the problem.
If you’re concerned that something may be wrong with your pet, or you would like to improve and optimize your pet’s health, please contact us to schedule a medical assessment.