A wellness exam is an overall general health assessment and complete physical examination that may include diagnostic testing, blood tests, urinalysis, checking a stool sample, and parasite screening. In many cases, a wellness examination can help detect the early stages of disease. Wellness exams are recommended for most pets at least annually, but more often (at least every 6 months) for senior pets and pets with chronic health issues. A wellness exam can help ensure your pet's health and detect early stages of disease.
Your veterinarian may ask you to fill out a preliminary checklist along with a complete medical history of your pet. The checklist will ask about any issues that your pet may have. Make sure to fill out the forms thoroughly and bring a list of questions that you may have about your pet's health.