Regular Pet Check-ups
Bringing your pets in for yearly check‐ups is crucial for maintaining their on‐going health. We will do a thorough examination to ensure your pet is healthy and well.
We will do blood and urine screening for your pet, to check for internal changes before your pet becomes sick – allowing us to step in and make simple changes early in the course of a disease.
An example is heartworm disease: You can either discover this disease on a yearly screening test of an apparently healthy dog (while the disease is treatable), or wait until it’s too late and the dog is dying of heart failure from a heart full of worms. Yearly screening will help stop the latter from occurring.
Dogs and cats – cats specifically – are very good at hiding symptoms of illness. Sometimes, it can take an expert to notice something is wrong. A check‐up allows us to catch potential health problems in the early stages, and take the appropriate measures to prevent further complications.
During the Annual Physical Exam, Our Veterinarian Will:
- Weigh your pet to assess whether there has been any significant change in the last year
- Examine ears, eyes, and skin for evidence of discharge, infection, growths, or parasites
- Recommend a grooming and nail trim if the coat is matted or the nails are overgrown
- Conduct an oral examination to determine the condition of the teeth and gums, and to see if a dental cleaning may be required
- Administer appropriate booster vaccines, depending on the needs of your individual pet
- Examine limbs and joints for pain or swelling
- Examine the chest with a stethoscope to identify problems with heart rate, rhythm, or murmurs (leaking valves, other defects),as well as listening for changes in lung sounds
- Palpate the abdomen to determine if organs are normal in size and consistency, whether any unusual masses are present, or whether any pain exists
- Rectally palpate the prostate gland in dogs to assess prostatic size, position, or pain, as well as checking for common growths at the rectum
- Discuss any concerns that you may have regarding your pet’s appetite, weight, nutrition, drinking, urinating, vomiting, diarrhea, lameness, training, general appearance, or demeanor
- Examine a stool sample for intestinal parasites; if diarrhea has been a problem, we will also send a sample of stool to our outside laboratory to check for parasites which require more sophisticated diagnostic testing
- Perform a flea combing to check for fleas or flea dirt
Schedule your cat or dog for a check‐up, and rest easy knowing you’re doing everything you can to maintain your furry friend’s good health.