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...that some pets—especially cats—are masters at hiding their illnesses? This often leads pet owners to believe that they can sometimes skip the wellness exam, but it’s important to keep in mind that many health issues are not evident externally. Our doctors and technicians are specially trained to look for certain conditions during the exam that you may not be able to detect yourself. That’s why it’s so important to bring your pet to the vet at least once a year for a checkup.

Pet Wellness

You want your pet to be healthy, and at Los Feliz Small Animal Hospital, it is our goal to make that happen. That’s why we recommend a comprehensive wellness exam at least once a year for adult dogs and cats and every six months for senior pets. These exams allow us to detect any abnormalities or signs of illness so we can treat them in their earliest stages. The sooner we catch a health problem, the more effectively we can treat it. These exams also provide you with the opportunity to discuss any behavioral or other issues related to your pet’s health that may not be visible with an external exam. If necessary, we can recommend a diagnostic exam to examine your pet internally.

What’s Included in a Wellness Exam?

Every standard wellness exam includes a comprehensive nose-to-tail evaluation that includes a check of the following:

Weight: If your pet is found to be overweight or underweight, based on the recommended BMI, we can recommend diet/nutrition or exercise recommendations.

Temperature: Your pet’s temperature helps us determine if your pet has a fever, which can indicate an infection of some sort.

Skin/coat: Pets are at risk for a number of dermatological problems that may require an additional exam for treatment, including rashes, atopy, dandruff, and mange.

Eyes: Cataracts, glaucoma, dry eye, and infections are some of the most common eye conditions seen in pets. If any of these conditions are detected, we typically recommend an ophthalmology exam.

Nose: We examine the nose for cloudy, yellow, or odorous discharge, which may be a sign of allergies, infection, or a blockage.

Ears: Ear problems are among the most common problems seen in pets. They are usually evidenced by discharge, redness, or excessive ear scratching. Ear problems are often a result of allergies, parasites, or foreign bodies.

Teeth and gums: Your pet’s dental health is one of the most important elements of their overall health. That’s why we check for swollen gums, tartar buildup, bad breath, and a number of other abnormal symptoms, as these may be signs of gum disease. Depending on our findings, we may recommend a dental cleaning after the wellness exam.

Heart and lungs: During the heart and lungs check, we check the heartbeat and listen for any irregular breathing, which may indicate a disease or infection, such as bronchitis or kennel cough.

Abdomen: We check the abdomen to ensure there isn’t any swelling, which may be a sign of obstruction or something as simple as being overweight.

Keep in mind that what’s included in the wellness exam for your pet may vary from what’s listed above. We customized our wellness exams for each pet, based on breed, age, and lifestyle. We also typically recommend parasite control and vaccinations to protect against potentially life-threatening diseases. Vaccination schedules also vary for each pet and can be discussed during your pet’s appointment.

If you would like to schedule your pet’s wellness exam, give us a call at (323) 664-3309.

...that some pets—especially cats—are masters at hiding their illnesses? This often leads pet owners to believe that they can sometimes skip the wellness exam, but it’s important to keep in mind that many health issues are not evident externally. Our doctors and technicians are specially trained to look for certain conditions during the exam that you may not be able to detect yourself. That’s why it’s so important to bring your pet to the vet at least once a year for a checkup.