Our pets age at a faster rate than we do, and a lot can happen in a year. During an annual examination, in addition to vaccines and heartworm testing, the veterinarian will assess your pet from head to toe, and can identify problems before they worsen, such as orthopedic issues, dental disease, heart murmurs, and ear infection, to name only a few. In order to treat these problems, the veterinarian must have established a veterinarian-client-patient relationship, and the annual examination is the cornerstone of that relationship. Without it, it is illegal and unethical for the veterinarian to diagnose and prescribe treatments and medications, which includes prescription flea and heartworm preventatives. In between annual examinations, if your pet becomes ill or injured an examination is necessary to assess their current condition and to develop an accurate treatment plan based on those updated findings.
These professional ethical and legal standards have been set by the American Veterinary Medical Association Code of Professional Ethics and are enforced by the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation--Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners, and Well Pets Veterinary Clinic and After Hours Urgent Care is committed to upholding these standards by providing your pet with professional, high quality, compassionate medical care.