Annual Physical Examinations

examAnnual Wellness exam: As a part of our practice philosophy of “preventative wellness’ we recommend that you bring your companion animal in at least once a year to have a comprehensive physical exam. A thorough history about your pet’s appetite, body condition, behavior and any other concerns you may have are all relevant information during these types of examinations and assist our veterinarians and staff to assess your cat or dogs overall health and make the best
possible recommendations to make your pet live a long and healthy life. Our experienced veterinarians perform a complete physical exam for every pet gets a complete physical examination before they are vaccinated or admitted for dental, surgery or boarding. With an experienced veterinarian, this can be done quickly and easily.Our veterinarians examine the animal thoroughly from head to tail and everything in between; then give appropriate recommendations. Our veterinarians examine the animal thoroughly from head to tail and everything in between; then give appropriate recommendations. Vaccinations may be given at this point based on your pet’s overall health, vaccine history, lifestyle or titer testing.

aA full examination is always done before vaccines are given to ensure your pet is in optimal health to receive the vaccination itself. There are times when a veterinarian may defer a vaccination if they feel the animal is slightly ill, has a flare-up of a chronic condition or perhaps give one vaccine then have you return in a few weeks for your pet to receive the remaining one(s). These new protocols are in place to provide your pet with optimum infectious
disease protection while diminishing any natural risks involved from vaccinations. We recommend to bring your companion animal in at least once a year (twice a year for senior pets) to have a comprehensive physical exam. A thorough history forms an important part of your pets physical examination and is an important part of the wellness exam. Questions about your pet’s appetite, drinking, activity level, behavior and any concerns you may have are all relevant information during these types of examinations and assist our veterinarians in assessing your pet’s overall health.

There can be changes in your pet’s body that the veterinarian can identify by performing a comprehensive physical examination. We often hear ‘my pet looks healthy’ but there can be subtle changes as your pet ages that may be a cause for concern. Having our veterinarians identify these changes and their causes is an important part of our practice philosophy of ‘preventative wellness’ and these annual physical examinations can mean a longer, happier and healthier life for your furry friends.
bAt every visit we like to weigh your pet. This can give us information and help us assess their body score. The weight changes may be linked to underlying health issues. Overweight pets are predisposed to diabetes, arthritis, liver and heart disease. Excess weight may be due to thyroid disorders, fluid accumulation or excess calories. Weight loss may be related to hyperthyroidism, inflammatory bowel disease, dental disease or even diabetes.
One of our Animal Health Technician will first take your pet’s temperature, listen to their heart and lungs then determine your pet’s heart rate and respiration rate. They will inquire about any concerns you might have and answer questions relating to diet or behavior before the veterinarian comes into the appointment.

It is our veterinarians who will review your pet’s history, ask any additional questions to you about your companion animal’s health and then start the physical examination. They feel for abnormalities, check your pets’ ears, eyes, mouth and assess your pet’s frame and body score. They may even at this time recommend that your pet would benefit from a dentistry and proactive dental care options and discuss that with you. Nutrition, behavior and lifestyle will be discussed in order to get a picture of overall health. If there are changes noted, our veterinarian will make recommendations about treatment or diagnostics, or perhaps even suggestions for diet and exercise.

Vaccinations may be given at this point based on your pet’s overall health, vaccine history, lifestyle or titer testing.0006A full examination is always done before vaccines are given to ensure your pet is in optimal health to receive the vaccination itself. There are times when a veterinarian may defer a vaccination if they feel the animal is slightly ill, has a flare-up of a chronic condition or perhaps give one vaccine then have you return in a few weeks for your pet to receive the remaining one(s). These new protocols are in place to provide your pet with optimum infectious disease protection while diminishing any natural risks involved from vaccinations.
Every interaction we have with an animal is used as an opportunity to assess their physical condition. Every pet gets a complete physical examination before they are vaccinated or admitted for dental, surgery or boarding. With an experienced veterinarian, this can be done quickly and easily.