Preventive Care

Wellness Exams

Wellness exams are a vital component to keeping your pet in tiptop shape from head to toe. Veterinary Specialists of CT recommends annual checkups for pets up to age 7, and semi-annual visits after that.

What will be done during my pet’s wellness exam?

At this visit, we will record your pet’s weight, look at their coat to make sure it is shiny and smooth and not dry or coarse, and check the skin for signs of dryness, greasiness, or “hot spots” (localized areas of inflammation or infection).

We will also listen to your pet’s heart and examine their ears deep in the canal where infections can start and get out of control before they can be seen.  The eyes are examined and checked for clarity and any signs of redness, irritation, discharge or changes to the cornea.  If your pet allows it, an oral exam is also performed to check for dental disease, tartar or broken teeth.  All findings are noted in the patient’s medical record in order to maintain a complete history and ensure follow up on areas of concern. The annual exam is also the time to update vaccinations and perform necessary testing.