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 a pet then we strongly recommend that you book an 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 in puppies or kittens to ensure there is no hernia.
- Examining 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.
- Weight check, where dietary or exercise recommendations may also be made.
- Eye exam. Your veterinarian will check for discharge, redness, and abnormal responses to light. They will also examine the optic nerve in the back of the eye.
- Full dental check up including looking for any signs of periodontal disease.
- Older pets may require blood tests to check their liver, kidneys and other internal organs.
- If your pet requires any routine vaccinations or treatment then they will usually be taken care of at this time, for example your dog may be tested yearly for heart worms.
- Fecal testing may also be required and 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 pets’ gastrointestinal tract. These parasites can be deadly in pets and cause health problems for humans. Examples include roundworms and hookworms.
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