Importance of Yearly Checkups

Importance of Yearly Checkups

The Importance of Yearly Checkups

As a pet owner, you have plenty of responsibilities. One responsibility that shouldn't be ignored is making sure your pet receives annual checkups with a veterinarian. If you live in or around Cordova, TN, choose Cordova Station Animal Hospital as your source of quality veterinary care for your furry friend.

Nose to Tail Exam

During your pet's annual visit, the veterinarian will perform a complete examination from nose to tail. This exam will help the veterinarian detect any medical issues that your pet might have. The veterinarian will check your pet's eyes, nose, teeth and gums, throat, heart, lungs, and his gait while walking. If there are any medical issues, your pet can be treated right away.

Weight Checks

Today, pet obesity is a growing problem. Over 100 million cats and dogs are overweight. During your pet's annual visit, he will have his weight checked. If your pet is overweight, your veterinarian can discuss diet and exercise regimens that will help your pet lose weight, and extend his life.

Diagnostic Tests

During your pet's annual exam, diagnostic tests may be performed. Your veterinarian might want to test his urine and take a stool sample. Also, blood tests are common for senior pets. This will allow your vet to check your pet's health more thoroughly.


Vaccines are essential for keeping your pet healthy. When your cat or dog is very young, he will get most of his shots. Later, booster shots are needed for your pet to stay in good health. During the annual pet exam, your pet will receive any vaccines according to his set schedule.

Discuss Spaying and Neutering

If your pet has not been spayed or neutered, his annual visit with the veterinarian is an excellent opportunity to discuss having the procedure performed. Having your pet spayed or neutered can help him live a longer and healthier life.

Questions and Concerns

It is not uncommon to have questions or concerns regarding your pet's health, diet, and behavior. When you schedule annual pet exams, it is the perfect time to get answers to all of your questions. Call us today at 901-753-3540 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sanders or Dr. Warner at Cordova Station Animal Hospital in Cordova, TN.