Dogs and Cats
Wellness exams are recommended for our dog and cat patients at least once a year and ideally every six months, especially for patients over 7 years old. Our pets age at a faster rate than people and we want to make sure we are catching any age related issues early enough so they can be treated appropriately. In addition, our pets often hide signs of illness and the bi-annual exam can alert your veterinarian to problems before they become serious.
During the exam, your veterinarian will ask questions about your pet’s appetite, thirst, elimination, behavior and general health and activity. A complete physical exam will be performed which involves examining eyes, ears, skin and hair coat, listening to the heart and lung sounds, palpating the lymph nodes, palpating the abdomen to examine internal organs and looking for abnormal swellings. All skin masses will be noted in the chart and may be aspirated for further analysis. The oral cavity will be checked carefully for periodontal disease, oral tumors, broken teeth and infection. (add a link to the dentistry page here). The exam will also involve evaluation of your pet’s weight and discussion of weight loss strategies if needed. The legs and joints will be examined to check for arthritis and other joint abnormalities as well as nerve dysfunction.
Vaccine recommendations (feline and canine) will be discussed based on your pet’s lifestyle. We can also discuss vaccine titers for situations where a vaccine may not be appropriate. Other preventative care recommendations such as microchipping, heartworm testing and prevention as well as flea and tick control will also be made. Additional laboratory testing may be recommended based on your pet’s age and any symptoms of disease.
We will also discuss nutrition. There are many food options available for our pets and your veterinarian is best qualified to discuss what type of food is best for your pet during all life stages and answer any questions you have about your pet’s diet.
Please let us know if your pet is having any behavior or anxiety issues. We can discuss your pet’s problems and recommendations about training and potential medical therapies can be made.