A veterinary ‘checkup’ for your cat or dog is a routine annual examination. By focusing your efforts on disease diagnosis and prevention, these tests are an excellent method to help your pet maintain or achieve lifelong optimal health. Routine checkups allow your veterinarian to spot difficult-to-diagnose diseases (cancers and parasites) early on and evaluate your pet’s overall health.

Why is it essential to have a regular wellness checkup for your pets?

A wellness exam can help with behavioral issues as well as preventative and early intervention. It can be challenging to determine whether your pet is sick since they have adapted genetically to hide discomfort and illness. The veterinarian can use their vet lab to detect early signs of certain illnesses and act as needed. With early detection, kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, dental disease, obesity, and ear infection can all be mitigated.

What goes on during a wellness checkup?

Prevention and early management of detected disorders are the two main goals of a wellness examination. The veterinarian will analyze your pet’s current health and medical history before beginning the checkup. He or she may also question the pet’s lifestyle. The veterinarian then examines the pet from head to tail.


All of the organs of the pet are evaluated throughout the test. The animal’s mouth, eyes, ears, heart, lungs, abdomen, lymph nodes, and musculoskeletal system will all be examined by the veterinarian. They also take the temperature, respiration rate, weight, and pulse of the animal. Blood tests and bone density are also necessary. The cat may also be subjected to mammograms and dental cleanings.


The veterinarian will make recommendations to improve your pet’s health after the checkup. Behavioral issues, dental care, pain management, and proper diet may all be addressed. If the veterinarian thinks that the pet requires immunization, they may do so right away or at a later time.


During following appointments, the veterinarian may check the pet for intestinal parasites and heartworms. These tests help detect and prevent zoonotic illnesses that your pet can pass on to you. Some vets even have their boarding page in case you want to leave your pet when you’re out of town. 

What is the ideal time interval between wellness checkups?

The frequency of wellness checkups is dictated by the size, age, and breed of your pet. For every human year, your pet gains five to seven years. This means that the health of an eight-year-old pet is comparable to that of a 40-56-year-old human. Pets require more preventative care than humans since they have a shorter life expectancy, about 14 years, compared to nine years for humans. If you go now, it can aid in the prevention of potentially harmful aging-related issues. The ideal time between health exams is six months, especially for senior pets.


Your veterinarian will spend the time necessary to explain their findings with you after your pet’s visit is over, and your furry friend has received their annual vaccines and booster doses. If your veterinarian finds any signs of injury or illness, they will speak with you to get a full diagnosis and discuss treatment options. If your cat or dog is healthy, your veterinarian may give you advice or make recommendations about your pet’s oral health, food, parasite prevention, or exercise regimens.