The Importance of Yearly Checkups

Although you know that you need to take your puppy or kitten to the vet on a regular basis for vaccinations and other important first-year examinations, you may wonder if it is really necessary for your adult pet to have an annual checkup. Even if your dog or cat seems to be in perfect health, you still need to schedule an annual appointment with the vet so that he or she will stay healthy for years. At 5 Points Animal Hospital, we provide annual prevention and wellness care services to the pets of East Nashville, and we would like to tell you more about the importance of yearly checkups for your cat or dog.

Why Do I Need to Bring My Pet into 5 Points Animal Hospital Every Year for a Checkup?

As we get older, the importance of annual physical examinations grows each year because of the need to monitor for medical conditions that commonly develop with aging. According to Pet Health Network, the same is true for your cat and dog. Your pet needs to have a yearly checkup because even if he or she seems healthy, they could be sick without you suspecting anything is wrong. Not only can pets not talk to us to tell us if something is wrong, but animals also tend to hide signs and symptoms of disease from us.

What Can I Expect at my Pet’s Yearly Checkup With 5 Points Animal Hospital?

Your cat or dog is always in good hands with our professional veterinary staff, and we take great care to keep your pet calm and comfortable throughout the visit. We begin by giving your pet a physical examination that includes a check of his fur, skin, eyes, ears, and mouth, as well as a good look at how your pet walks and stands. After listening to his heartbeat with a stethoscope, we will check his abdomen, muscles, and lymph nodes for pain, lumps, or swelling. If your pet is in need of vaccination updates, we can take care of them. We also will take blood for important screenings to test for diseases and other issues like organ malfunction. Our goal at 5 Points Animal Hospital is to make sure your pet is as healthy as possible.

Don’t hesitate to schedule your pet’s annual checkup at 5 Points Animal Hospital. Contact us today to make an appointment with our friendly and caring veterinary staff.

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