Regular wellness exams are one of the most important things you can do to keep your pet healthy, at Lincoln Animal Hospital, we recommend that your pet be seen twice a year. We believe strongly in preventive care and have developed wellness protocols for every stage of your pet’s life. One of the most important reasons to bring your pet in on a regular basis is to monitor and treat conditions before they become untreatable. Since pets can’t vocalize how they are feeling, illness or disease may be present before you are aware of symptoms. The benefit of early detection allows time for steps to be taken to manage or correct a problem before irreversible damage occurs. Because our pets age so much faster than we do, regular wellness exams are one of the best ways that you can help your pet live a long, healthy life. During a wellness exam, our veterinary team will start out by taking your pet’s vital signs including temperature, pulse and body weight. Typically, your veterinarian will ask for a complete history of your pet’s health including eating habits, exercise, unusual behavior, etc. and do a comprehensive examination of your pet from head to toe. He may also perform diagnostic tests such as blood work, urinalysis or intestinal parasite tests and vaccines may be administered (depending on your pet’s life stage). Additionally, disease screenings (heartworm, kidney, liver, blood disorders, etc.) may be recommended, depending on the state of your pet’s health. Wellness exams are a simple and effective way of monitoring your pet’s health. Early detection and correction of medical problems will help to ensure that your pet will love a long, healthy and active life.