Exams & Consultations
Annual exams for pets not only let us determine what’s normal for your pet, but also give us the opportunity to catch symptoms early—before they become major health problems and while they’re most treatable.
After you check in, our staff will talk with you about any concerns you may have regarding your pet’s health or behavior. We will also go over diet, preventative medicine, and exercise to ensure that your pet stays as healthy as possible.
One of our veterinarians will then do a complete physical examination on your pet. These general wellness exams are important because they help us get to know your pet and establish a baseline in case your pet ever becomes ill. Our doctor will assess:
- Skin and/or hair and coat
- Eyes, ears, and nose
- Mouth, teeth, and gums
- Respiratory system
- Gentle check of the abdomen for lumps, masses, discomfort, pain, or swelling
- Reading of pulse rate, strength and consistency
- Internal temperature reading
Part of the exam is also a weight check because just like with people, keeping your pet at a healthy weight helps prevent many other health issues down the line. If your pet is carrying some extra pounds, we can advise you on weight-loss strategies, because it will be much easier to lose a couple of pounds rather than fifteen.