The Physical Exam
A physical exam is the first step in a routine checkup and gives us general information about your pet's health status. In addition, it allows us the opportunity to:
- Create a baseline of wellness that we can use as a measuring stick for future exams
- Catch small subtle changes with the help of diagnostics so we can treat potential problems quickly
- Develop an ongoing, comprehensive history of health for your pet
Wellness exams are also a good time for you to ask your veterinarian questions and receive thoughtful answers. No issue is too small for us to address; sometimes small problems can grow into big ones.
After the exam, we might suggest vaccinating your pet for certain diseases. We may also recommend blood work or a fecal test to check for parasites. Our goal is to leave no stone unturned during your pet's exam.
Complete Care for Every Age
No matter how young or old your pet happens to be, they need routine treatment to keep them healthy.
Puppy and Kitten Wellness
Puppies and kittens can get sick very quickly. They should see their veterinarian right away for a full checkup including fecal testing to screen for intestinal parasites and a detailed conversation about their care. Deworming should be expected as many puppies and kittens are born with intestinal parasites like roundworms. We may also give their first vaccinations if they are healthy enough.
Adult Pet Health
Health maintenance is key for adult pets. Yearly exams, vaccinations, blood work and monthly doses of parasite preventive give them the best chance of staying healthy. Questions are always encouraged when you visit because we want to make sure that your pet’s current healthcare routine is really benefiting them.
Senior dogs and cats need semiannual exams to detect and prevent disease. Their health can change very quickly and you may not realize it at first since pets instinctively try to hide their pain. We may also recommend semiannual blood testing and X-rays if your pet has a chronic condition such as:
- Heart failure
- Kidney disease
- Dental disease