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    CAT AND DOG WELLNESS EXAMS: A GOOD HABIT ALL AROUND

    CAT AND DOG WELLNESS EXAMS: A GOOD HABIT ALL AROUND

    As a pet owner, you should get in the habit of taking your cat or dog to the vet for an annual health exam and regular checkups. That way the vet can observe any changes in their condition or behaviour and better detect and prevent potential problems.

    BEYOND CARE: UNDERSTANDING YOUR PET, TAKING ACTION, AND REDUCING STRESS

    Visits to the vet can be a source of stress for your cat or dog: travelling there in a carrier, being around other animals in the waiting room, all that poking and prodding…. The stress can be so bad that it actually has an impact on some pets’ physical health. Because the more unpleasant a vet visit is, the less likely you are to bring your pet in to see us. We get it! But how can we keep tabs on your pet’s health if we don’t see them regularly?

    OUR POSITIVE APPROACH TO WELLNESS (PAW) CERTIFICATION : TAKING THE STRESS OUT OF MEDICAL EXAMS

    Our solution to stressful vet visits? Our Soins Sans Stress certification program. With this approach, our veterinary teams care for your cat or dog in a gentle way that promotes their physical and psychological wellbeing.

    To be part of the Globalvet network, veterinary clinic teams must complete the training program and pass the certification exam.

    To learn more about the program, see our article on positive approach to wellness (PAW) certification.

    THE 3 PILLARS OF OUR HOLISTIC HEALTHCARE APPROACH

    Whether for your cat’s or dog’s annual wellness exam or the occasional consultation, we believe in taking a holistic approach to pet healthcare. That’s why the 3 pillars of our veterinary practice are always front and centre:

    CARE

    To take a preventive approach to caring for your cat or dog, our veterinarians have access to professional development opportunities, medical guides, and veterinary specialists.

    NUTRITION

    A number of pet health problems can be improved or prevented through nutrition. The best thing for your pet is a nutritious prescription diet based on their specific needs. During your pet’s exam, we’ll ask you questions, educate you, and offer advice on different aspects of animal nutrition.

    OUR GOALS:

    • Provide high-quality information specific to your cat or dog
    • Make sure your pet’s diet still meets their changing needs
    • Help you improve the way you feed your cat or dog by:
      • Showing you how to figure out how much food to give
      • Telling you about the benefits of certain food strategies to help them work their jaw, paws, and brain
    • Use nutrition to help prevent and solve many health problems

    BEHAVIOUR

    During the wellness exam, your Globalvet veterinary team will discuss your pet’s behaviour with you and observe their interactions. You can tell them about any problematic behaviour you’ve observed and they’ll ask smart questions to better understand your situation. Based on their own observations and your answers to their questions, your vet will then:

    • Give you advanced scientific literature on animal behaviour written by our team of behaviourists
    • Make recommendations tailored to your pet’s personality
    • Give you advice on products that could help you live in harmony with your cat or dog
    • Refer you to Globalvet services that could help you better understand your companion and improve their behaviour for the good of your relationship—services like:
      • Workshops
      • Consultations
      • Talks
      • Classes

    Visit our Activities page to see all the activities we offer.

    Interested in learning more about animal behaviour? Visit the Behaviour section of our website or follow our blog to get tips and advice from our veterinary teams.

    THE MEDICAL EXAM IN 10 STEPS: A HOLISTIC HEALTHCARE APPROACH

    During your pet’s veterinary exam, we follow a holistic approach built on the 3 Globalvet pillars explained above. That means we study and observe different aspects of their mental and physical health. Specifically, we look:

    1. At the overall picture by observing them from a distance (behaviour, interactions, gait, posture)
    2. In their eyes (pupils, debris, infections)
    3. In their mouth (teeth, mucous membranes)
    4. In their ears (hygiene, infection)
    5. Under their skin (state of their muscles and fatty tissues, lymph nodes, and ganglia)
    6. Around their heart (auscultation of the heart and lungs)
    7. In their belly (digestion, bladder, intestines)
    8. On or under their fur (everything related to the condition of their hair and skin)
    9. Under their tail (external genitals)
    10. In their head and body (skeleton, nervous system)

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