Because pets can't tell us how they feel, we recommend a complete physical examination at least once a year, although exams every 6 months are encouraged, especially for senior pets age 7 & over.
The veterinary wellness exam allows us to develop a picture of your pet's overall health as well as spot potential issues before they become too advanced. As your partner in your pet’s health, we welcome questions about your pet's health, habits, and daily care. No question is too small or too silly, and it is our pleasure to address your concerns. We want you to be informed and comfortable in all aspects of your pet's healthcare and will provide you advice and education on how to help your pet live a longer, healthier and happier life.
Listen to your pet's heart for heart murmurs, abnormal heart beat pattern (arrhythmias) and signs of heart disease can be heard through a stethoscope.
Listen to your pet's lungs - By listening to your pet's lungs with a stethoscope, we can detect infections, diseases or other problems and assess the overall pulmonary health of your pet.
Examine your pet's teeth and mouth - Dental disease is the most common disease we see. Examining your pet's teeth and mouth allows us to determine level of infection and impaction, plaque and tartar so recommend needed dental cleanings. Puppies and kittens also need to be checked to ensure they are developing properly.
Evaluate your pet's eyes - Ocular conditions can be prevented through regular care and screenings. We will look for dry eyes, cataracts, corneal ulcers and glaucoma.
Look into your pet's ears - Check for ear mites, redness, odor or discharge or other signs of ear infections. Allergies and outdoor activities can irritate your pet's ears.
Feel the skin, lymph nodes and abdomen - We visually look and physically feel for lumps, bumps, or swellings and skin discolorations, lesions or patterns of hair loss or thinning. These can indicate the presence systemic problems or metabolic diseases.
Recommend blood and lab tests - A complete physical exam should include a heartworm test as well as blood and urine tests each year. Not only can these tests identify the presence of underlying disease, they create a baseline should your pet become ill. A few simple tests give us so many results about your pet's kidneys, liver, pancreas, blood sugar, white and red blood cells and platelet counts.
Screen for parasites - A recommended fecal examination allows us to check for parasites or worms in your pet (additional charge).