Veterinarian wellness checks are an important part of caring for a Maltese. Puppies are seen quite often, due to having their scheduled puppy shots. However, you will want your adult Maltese to be examined once per year, and your senior Maltese to be seen twice per year.
If you only bring your Maltese to the vet after he starts to show signs of an illness or condition, this can greatly affect prognosis, and for a host of issues will certainly lengthen the time that your Maltese is not feeling well.
During your dog's annual exam, the vet will check vitals, run tests on a stool sample, do a urinalysis, and check hips, back, elbows, and knees. Ears, nose, mouth, and eyes will be examined. And a CBC (complete blood count) will be run.
The vet will discuss your Maltese's overall diet
and ask you questions to see if he is meeting his exercise requirements.
This is a great time for you to ask any questions that you may have. And for this, it is recommended to keep a small notebook to jot down things that come to mind in between visits.