What Does a Typical Exam Look Like?
Here at Cornerstone Veterinary Hospital of Clifton Park, a complete wellness exam includes:
- A comprehensive physical exam
- Discussion about your pet’s nutrition/diet recommendations
- Parasite testing (blood and fecal)
- Urine testing (if needed)
- Parasite treatments and preventatives
- Monitoring weight gain/loss in comparison with previous visit
Spaying and neutering can also count as a wellness service, since they prevent certain diseases and infections from developing in dogs and cats.
Pet Exams for Puppies and Kittens
Your pet should have their first exam at 6-8 weeks old. We need to see your new puppy or kitten as soon as possible after you have adopted them, so we can make sure they’re healthy and receiving the proper nutrients for development. For your pet’s first visit, bring a fresh (under 24 hours old) stool sample so we can test for internal parasites.
Senior Pet Care
Like humans, animals become more fragile and vulnerable to disease as they age. Our veterinarians recommend seeing your senior pet every 6 months for a full health checkup. This usually includes a physical exam, blood testing, and X-rays. Illness can develop quickly in older pets if left untreated, but semiannual visits give us a better chance of catching illness earlier.