Example Wellness Exam Results: Practicing What I Preach—Jasmine’s Semi-Annual Wellness Exam

Taking care of your best friend, there are few things that are way more important than people recognize. Regular wellness exams are definitely one of them.

A healthy young dog should be seen by a veterinarian at least once a year. Senior dogs should have their checkups at least twice a year.

Example Wellness Exam Results: Practicing What I Preach—Jasmine's Semi-Annual Wellness Exam

The purpose of wellness exams

Why take your dog to the vet when there is nothing wrong with them?

Visiting a vet when your dog is ill is certainly important. But in many cases, when your dog starts showing symptoms,  some diseases can already be in their advanced stage.

A regular health evaluation can address early dental disease, weight issues, orthopedic issues and catch a systemic disease or organ damage early.

A regular check-up should include physical examination, urinalysis, stool analysis, blood panel, and heartworm testing.

You can read more about wellness exams: Dog Wellness Exams How To: What’s the Difference between Annual Exams and Wellness Exams?

The exam is over, we forgive you that you poked needles into us.


With Jasmine, regular wellness exams might seem redundant—with one thing or another, she’s at the vet at least once a month.

However, even though her vet does check her thoroughly every time she’s there, there are some things we don’t do every time, particularly full blood workup.

We do these twice a year unless there is a reason to check the blood in between. In the spring, we include further tests, such as thyroid hormone levels for Jasmine, heartworm testing for both guys, and last time we also tested for tick-borne diseases.

In the fall we typically run blood panel only.

With the Veterinary Care Plan, it was painless this time, because these things are all included in the plan. A good reason to get one of these plans right there—you don’t have to skimp on wellness exams because of financial reasons. Since you’re already paying the subscription, you might as well use up all the benefits it offers.

Physical examination

The exam confirmed that our guys are at their ideal body condition, and their mouths are in good shape.

These are very important things to keep under control. Hubby thinks they are skinny, well, he can think what he wants, as long as he gets on with the program 🙂

When you think your dog is skinny, they’re probably just at the right point.

I have to admit, that every time we run Jasmine’s blood panel I am a bit nervous. She’s had her share of health challenges and she had recently turned 9. I always worry that the blood might discover some problem we are not aware of.

I was on pins and needles, awaiting the results.

Jasmine’s bloodwork results

Jasmine took her blood test; she passed; didn’t even study.

When it finally showed up in her online file, I held my breath a little bit before I opened it.

But it looks quite good! Not only that but is has also improved from the last year. Jasmine’s blood doesn’t look all that different from JD’s, who is a healthy 4-year old.

Example Wellness Exam Results: Practicing What I Preach—Jasmine's Semi-Annual Wellness Exam

I wouldn’t say it is a textbook perfect blood panel, but the improvement is clearly visible.

Example Wellness Exam Results: Practicing What I Preach—Jasmine's Semi-Annual Wellness Exam

Our hard work paid off

We work very hard on keeping Jasmine’s issues in check, improving her nutrition, and well being.

The main reason I started studying dog nutrition was to learn how I can improve Jasmine’s health. It looks that the things we’re doing are working.

You go, Jasmine!

When was the last time your dog went for a full wellness exam?

Related articles:
Dog Wellness Exams How To: What’s the Difference between Annual Exams and Wellness Exams?
Veterinary Wellness Exams: The Secret Benefit

Further reading:
What Is a Wellness Examination, and How Often Should Your Veterinarian Perform One?

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Jana Rade

I am a graphic designer, dog health advocate, writer, and author. Jasmine, the Rottweiler of my life, was the largest female from her litter. We thought we were getting a healthy dog. Getting a puppy from a backyard breeder was our first mistake. Countless veterinary visits without a diagnosis or useful treatment later, I realized that I had to take Jasmine's health care in my own hands. I learned the hard way that merely seeing a vet is not always enough. There is more to finding a good vet than finding the closest clinic down the street. And, sadly, there is more to advocating for your dog's health than visiting a veterinarian. It should be enough, but it often is not. With Jasmine, it took five years to get a diagnosis. Unfortunately, other problems had snowballed for that in the meantime. Jasmine's health challenges became a crash course in understanding dog health issues and how to go about getting a proper diagnosis and treatment. I had to learn, and I had to learn fast. Helping others through my challenges and experience has become my mission and Jasmine's legacy. I now try to help people how to recognize and understand signs of illness in their dogs, how to work with their veterinarian, and when to seek a second opinion. My goal is to save others the steep curve of having to learn things the hard way as I did. That is the mission behind my blog and behind my writing. That is why I wrote Symptoms to Watch for in Your Dog, which has turned out being an award-winning guide to dog owners. What I'm trying to share encompasses 20 years of experience.

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