When was the last time you took your pet in for a health exam? We recommend taking them for a check-up at least once a year, and here is why!

Why are they Important?
Many pet owners only take their furry companions to the vet if they become sick or injured. The problem with that is your pets can’t tell you when they feel unwell, so any underlying condition will likely go unnoticed until it takes a noticeable toll on their health. This is just one of the reasons why it’s so important to bring your pets in for an annual exam. There are also vaccinations that should be given yearly, and getting them done during a routine annual check-up is a great way to ensure your pet receives them on time. Veterinarians are highly trained and educated, and they can pick up on the early stages of some illnesses during these check-ups to keep them from progressing further, or at the very least, slow their progression.

What happens during an annual check-up?
During the exam, your veterinarian will check your pet’s eyes, ears, skin, and coat. They will also check their lung and heart function, as well as their overall dental, ocular, and auditory wellness. Most of us don’t brush our animal’s teeth or clean their ears because they don’t exactly make it easy. If you take your pet for an exam, they can check for any signs of infection in these areas and let you know if something needs to be done about their status. Your vet can also let you know if there are any issues with your pet’s diet, which should be changed as your furry friend gets older.

Other Benefits of a Comprehensive Exam
For most pet owners, fleas and ticks are a major concern during the warmer months because they can harm pets, but they can also transfer to owners. During an annual pet exam, your vet can provide you with the appropriate medications to keep harmful pests off of your pet and out of your home. You can also request to have blood work done to check for any illnesses or warning signs that might get missed during a physical check-up.

Annual pet exams are a great way to look out for your furry best friend, but if you really want to protect them, you should consider getting Pet Insurance from Hudson’s Bay Financial. Pet owners can be reimbursed for up to 80% of veterinary costs, including X-rays, hospitalization, surgery, dental care, and prescriptions. As a bonus, you’ll earn up to 4,000 Hudson’s Bay Reward Points.1

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1) Earn 2,000 Hudson’s Bay Rewards points when you purchase a Basic Care plan, 3,000 Rewards points for an Enhanced Care plan and 4,000 Rewards points for an Enhanced Care Plus plan. Rewards points will be issued in equal increments after every six months when you use a valid Canadian-issued credit card to pay for your premiums and will not be pro-rated. Offer valid in Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Quebec.