The Physical Examination
Our pets are a part of our family, and every responsible pet owner wants to ensure that their pets are in the very best of health. The majority of conditions that animals are susceptible to have no obvious symptoms early on. Once they do present themselves, many pets may already be suffering and my then require extensive medical assistance. Your pet may not be able to tell you what is wrong, but our examinations aim to discover the source of any problem, or indeed prevent them before they arise.
To help keep your pet in optimum health we recommend full nose to tail wellness examinations at least once per year. If you have recently purchased or adopted a pet then we strongly recommend that you schedule and appointment for their first examination within the first few weeks of ownership. Younger animals are more vulnerable to illness and this will allow us to reassure you of their health and give us a starting point for their medical records.
Your pet's physical examination will include some or all of the following:
- Abdomen and anal sac examination to check for swellings, bloating, or any other abnormalities.
- Bellybutton check for puppies or kittens to ensure there is no hernia.
- Examination of the condition of the coat and skin - this can indicate the overall health of the animal.
- Checking the genital area for any malformation.
- Examination of the heart and lungs, checking for any irregularities such as heart murmurs.
- Manipulation of the joints to ensure they are mobile and functioning correctly.
- Examination of the ear canals and ear flaps for parasites, infection, growths or tumors.
- Eye exam. Your Veterinarian will check for discharge, redness, and abnormal responses to light.
- Full dental checkup including looking for any signs of periodontal disease.
- Weight check, where dietary or exercise recommendations may also be made.
- Older pets may require blood tests to check their liver, kidneys and other internal organs.
- If our pet requires any routine vaccinations or treatment they will usually be taken care of at this time.
- Fecal testing may be recommended, so you may be asked to provide a stool sample from your pet. Fecal testing is vital to allow your Veterinarian to check for internal parasites which live in your pet's gastrointestinal tract. These parasites can cause severe problems in pets, and can cause health problems for humans too. Examples include roundworms and hookworms.
As well as a physical examination we will also want to talk to you about your pet's overall wellbeing. This will include asking about their usual behavior and disposition, their water intake, diet, and eating habits, urinating and bowl regularities, and activity levels.
Allow us to help you keep your pet happy and healthy. Schedule an appointment today.