Wellness Exams

Wellness Exams at Our Veterinary Clinic in East Islip

If you have kids, chances are you take them to the doctor for regular checkups, but fewer people do the same for their pets. But in some ways, getting a pet checked out is just as important. After all, pets don't actually talk, and it can be difficult for the average person to read behavioral cues and what they need. At All Friends Veterinary Hospital, in East Islip, NY we strive to work with pet parents to see that the care needs of their pets are met, regardless of whether or not those pets are sick.

Dogs waiting on their Pet Wellness exam.

Why Your Pet Needs a Veterinarian Well Visit

One of the big reasons why pets need to see a veterinarian for a check-up on a regular basis is because the aging process for pets is generally much faster than it is for humans. Most people have heard of the concept of "dog years," which equates one human year to 7 dog years. This is actually an oversimplification. Puppies and kittens reach maturity much fast than humans, by a year they are essentially "teenagers."  Aging slows down after that, but size matters too. For example, large dogs age faster than small do, and may be considered "seniors" by the time they turn six.

What to Expect on a Visit to the Vet

At All Friends Veterinary Hospital, we strive to be thorough when examining pets so that we are able to identify any areas of concern before they become major issues. We will check your pet's weight, fur, skin, behavior, eyes, ears, as well as their vital signs such as heart rate and breathing. We'll also check for any lumps or lymph nodes that could point to a bigger problem. Most often, these "head to tail" visits are over within a half hour. If they are due for vaccinations, and their overall health allows, they will receive these on their visit as well.

Handling the Stress of a Veterinarian Visit

Some pet parents may hesitate to bring their pet in because their pet has acted uncomfortable and poorly when faced with a vet visit. Part of the reason might stem from only going to the vet when they are already feeling sick. If they are generally well, you can put treats and/or toys around the carrier in the days before their appointment, and get them used to riding in the car ahead of time. If your pet sees the vet under good circumstances, they are more likely to build a positive association. 

Another way to reduce the stress of the visit is to be as prepared as possible ahead of the actual appointment. To make the transition easier from a different vet, All Friends Veterinary Hospital asks that online forms be completed to give the vet a better sense of your pet's history before coming in.

How Often Should a Pet See a Vet?

During early puppyhood wellness exams are recommended on a monthly basis, while for the average adult dog annual wellness examinations are the norm, and for middle aged or geriatric dogs semi-annual examinations are recommended. Most cats should have a well visit one to two times per year.

Paying for Well Visits

Paying the vet bill is harder for some people than it is for others, especially since it is hard to tell what the bill will be when you set up the appointment. For many, having pet insurance can make a big difference in keeping individual bills reasonable

Considering Pet Insurance

The cost of a well visit for your pet can vary a lot depending on the general health of your pet, but could be a couple hundred dollars or more once everything is added up. For those who don't want to worry about coming up with a big lump sum as they are checking their pet out of the vet's office, pet insurance becomes a major consideration, as it decreases the likelihood of surprise bills.

Credit and Debit Payments

For the charges not covered by pet insurance, credit and debit cards may be used. Some people choose to use CareCredit when they face larger or unexpected bills because payment terms are often more flexible than traditional credit cards.

Contact Our Local Veterinarian in Islip Today!

All Friends Veterinary Hospital in East Islip, NY, serves pets and their families' throughout Long Island in East Islip, Oakdale, and Bayshore.  To set up an appointment with our vet,  Dr. Louis Reda  contact us at 631-277-8700.

Exclusive Offer

New patients receive 15% OFF first wellness exam.



  • "I can not say enough about these wonderful people. Dr. Reda is the most compassionate veterinarian I have ever met. My beloved dog passed from cancer, but they were there every step of the way with any questions or concerns, even when they were oh vacation and I was totally distraught about it, they made sure to address my concerns and never made me feel like I was crazy. There should be more people like Dr. Reda and his staff in this business. I am forever grateful for all of you."
    Patricia Schwartz / East Islip, NY
  • "Dr. Reda and his staff are amazing!! Dr. Reda is the most compassionate vet I have ever met. He took wonderful care of a feral cat I brought in today. And Chauntelle was so brave handling this cat..I am so grateful for their expertise and professionalism."
    Jackie S.
  • "I am happy with the veterinarians response to most issues. The staff is kind and caring and they usually see you the day you called. They're always happy to do refills by phone."
    Stephen B.
  • "I had such a good experience when I brought in a feral cat family during a TNR mission that I returned a month later when I adopted two of the kittens. Dr. Reda is simply a wonderful veterinarian. I appreciate his well-informed, holistic approach to treatment. He & his staff take the time to give me plenty of information and answer all my questions, while doing everything they can to minimize any distress and discomfort my cats experienced during the visit. In short, if you are looking for a vet that is highly knowledgeable, accessible, and compassionate, I cannot recommend All Friends highly enough."
  • "Dr. Reda and his staff are so thorough and caring with my dog. I've never had a vet that I really trusted before now that makes me feel like my dog and family's best interests are at heart. Thank you All Friends for making everything easier for my dog and family."
    Michelle T.
  • "Best veterinarian! Very pleasant and wouldn't go anywhere else. Staff is very pleasant too."
    Lynn M.
  • "Had a great experience at All Friends Veterinary today.
    Dr. Reda and his staff quickly diagnosed our Dog's issue. They were very accommodating and compassionate. I would highly recommend his services."
    Steven P.
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