Every year we see our doctor for our yearly examination – and so should our pets!
Annual Wellness Exams allow your veterinarian to assess the overall health of your pet. This allows our vets to evaluate your pets general wellness by checking:
Mouth, Teeth, & Gums
Eyes & Ears
Heart & Lungs
Skin & Hair Coat
Gastrointestinal Tract & Internal Organs
Temperature & More
To learn how an annual exam is performed and what our veterinarian learns from a physical exam, follow this link
As we all know, animals age differently than we do. For example, at the age of 3, our cats and dogs are already 28 years old. By the age of 5 an animal is considered 'mature', while animals 7 years or older are classified as 'geriatric'. As they age more rapidly, their care also needs to change to meet their growing age concerns. This is why it is recommended that our senior pets receive a wellness exam every 6 months, or in some cases even more often if there are any concerns.
Since our furry companions are aging at a faster rate that us they experience age related conditions earlier in life. When caught and addressed early, these conditions are easily managed. These regular examinations allow us to detect age related conditions early to keep your pet happy and healthy throughout their entire lives.
How Old is My Cat? How Old is My Dog?
The most difficult part of being a pet parent, or any parent for that matter, is not knowing what to do when your pet is not doing well. Our pets are unable to tell what is wrong, and what hurts, but more than that, they are still animals with natural instincts. Due to survival instincts ingrained into them, many animals present a 'brave front' and try to hide their injuries or illnesses so as to not be seen as 'weak'. This fact is even more true when it comes to our feline friends as they are both predator and prey. In many cases a situation is much worse than the animal lets on and that is why it is so important to look for those small signs of pain or discomfort - they often indicate a much larger condition.
At Sherwood Veterinary Clinic we aim to catch medical conditions early so that these illnesses can be treated quickly - ensuring that your pets recover quickly and without secondary complications. Remember, it is often easier - and cheaper - to treat a condition early than to treat a chronic illness or attempt to undo severe damage. We are open 7 days a week, 12 hour days so that we can ensure that you and your pet a provided the opportunity to get that care without taking you away from work, school, or any of your other responsibilities. We want to make taking proper care of your pet as easy as possible.
Please Note: We will always try our best to make room for a sick or injured pet to be seen. While we do accept walk-ins, we ask that you give us a call while you are on your way down so that we are able to properly prepare for your arrival and make sure our team is ready to help you in the best possible way.
If you are concerned about your pet for any reason, give us a call at 587-269-4000 and we will ensure you get an appointment. No pet should ever experience pain or discomfort any longer than absolutely necessary.
Is My Pet in Pain? Veterinary Acute Pain Scale