Veterinary Physicals in Springfield
Comprehensive Preventive Care Exams
Your pet needs annual physicals just like you do. Health problems can sneak up on animals just like they do for humans. Unfortunately, our animal friends can’t simply tell us when something is wrong. They don’t understand what is going on and may ignore the problem or start exhibiting strange behaviors.
Early detection of health problems can allow for prompt treatment. Pet Medical Center of Springfield recommends senior pets be seen twice a year as a pet's lifespan is shorter than ours and their health can change significantly over a 12-month period.
What Happens During a Wellness Exam?
The first thing we do when your pet arrives for their physical is review their medical history. We need to know what kind of problems they’ve had (or haven’t had) in order to anticipate potential future issues. Your participation is important in this process. You’ll need to tell us about your pet’s normal routine, if they’ve had any random changes in behavior, and their regular eating and bathroom habits. All of this information helps up assess your friend’s current health and wellness.
During a pet’s physical exam, you can expect:
- A review of their medical history
- Temperature measurement
- Skin and hair check
- Update on vaccinations
- Mouth and teeth check
- Eye exam
- Ear exam
- Breathing assessment
- Heart check
- Lung check
How to Prepare
You may need to have your pet fast for several hours before you bring them in for their physical. Be sure to speak with your vet about this as fasting is not appropriate in all cases. The vet may also ask about the type of food your animal eats, whether or not they are fed any table scraps, or if anyone in your family has noticed any strange behavior. Be prepared to answer these questions during your pet’s visit.
Importance of Wellness Exams
Routine wellness exams for your pet, even in the absence of noticeable symptoms, are crucial for preventive care. These exams enable early detection of potential health issues, facilitating timely interventions. The frequency of visits varies based on factors such as your pet's age, health, and lifestyle. Regular check-ups ensure a proactive approach to your pet's well-being, allowing for preventive measures and fostering a long, healthy life. Trust our veterinary experts to tailor a wellness plan suitable for your pet's unique needs.
Nearly 50 Years of Service to this Community
For nearly five decades Pet Medical Center of Springfield has been offering comprehensive and compassionate care to your beloved pets.
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At the Pet Medical Center of Springfield facility, we are proud to have a state-of-the-art veterinary clinic equipped to provide the highest quality medical care for your beloved pets.
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