Beautiful healthy cat..

A pet’s appearance and behavior can tell you a lot about their health, and you can guess how they’re feeling by how they look and act. This goes both ways, of course, as an animal that is unwell will have warning signs (often subtle ones like sleeping more or eating less), and a happy, healthy pet will be the picture of vitality. 

What this doesn’t provide, however, is what is going on beneath the surface. Certainly, many health conditions don’t have obvious early symptoms. Regular pet wellness care can fill in any gaps with a thorough physical examination, diagnostics, and necessary steps to achieve future wellness.

What Pets Say

It’s easy to communicate with our pets. We know exactly what a certain bark, whine, meow, or howl means, and we react to their vocal bids and pleas. Likewise, they know many words in our language and respond appropriately. Unfortunately, our pets aren’t able to convey their level of arthritis-related pain or how their kidneys are functioning. This is where the routine wellness exam comes in.

Once a Year

We recommend annual wellness visits for all pets, regardless of how they act or appear. In fact, pets that act normally or appear fine can actually be hiding signs of illness or injury that elude their owner’s attention or scrutiny. Early detection of developing conditions can have a profound influence on treatment and prognosis. The chance to see a pet once a year helps us understand what’s normal for them, and it is this baseline that we use in the future to compare or contrast any changes.

Twice Annually

Once pets reach their senior years (around age 7, depending on the breed, size, and lifestyle), we increase the frequency of wellness exams to twice a year. Because age-related diseases can negatively impact quality of life and longevity, it is imperative to increase our vigilance. Plus, if we catch problems before they get out of control, we can restore a pet’s well-being with effective treatment. 

Open Communication

Building a relationship with your pet’s vet is an important way to support your pet’s overall health and wellness. We work to build trust with all of our clients and cultivate open communication to fully support a pet’s needs. 

At each wellness exam, we take your pet’s weight, conduct a thorough physical exam, and open a discussion that includes your questions, concerns and observations. Nutrition, dental care, behavior, vaccinations, and parasite prevention are all necessary components at each wellness exam. 

A Lifelong Commitment

A valuable tenet of responsible pet ownership is preventive health care. Adhering to regular wellness exams is just one way to promote and achieve optimal health.

If we can assist you further regarding regular wellness care, address concerns about your pet’s behavior and appearance, or answer questions about senior pet health, please call us at (603) 926‑7978. Our team at Hampton Veterinary Hospital is always happy to help!