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At least once a year, you should take your pet in for a Wellness Evaluation and Physical Examination. This will include a full physical exam, diagnostics, wellness plan, medications and vaccines if needed.
Physical Examination, from nose to tail, is much more than just a brief check-up. It is most often during these exams a veterinarian can detect early warning signs of serious health problems. Severe problems can be corrected or at least slowed in progression if detected early. Just like it says, the vet begins the exam at the nose, and works down to the tail.
Nose The first stop is, of course, the nose. Checking your pet's nose for nasal discharge and other abnormalities, the vet is looking for more than just a cold. Rhinitis is a symptom of many possible diseases, Canine Distemper or respiratory infections are just two of many possible causes.
Eyes The eyes should be clear of debris and discharge. Eye infections often start as just a little bit of ooze coming from the corners of the eyes. Eye infections are contagious to other pets as well as humans. It is important to catch these and clear them up early. A pet with dull, lifeless eyes is giving off warning signals of internal parasites, stress, or something even more serious. Dull eyes can indicate that a pet has a serious illness.
Mouth The mouth is inspected for lumps, cuts, scrapes and the condition of teeth. A mouthful of healthy teeth should look clean, and white, and your vet can indicate if your pet is in need of a scaling. A scaling is when the pet has his teeth scraped free of cavity-causing tartar. Lumps on the outside of your pet's jaws can indicate swelling from an abscessed tooth, oral tumors, or an allergic reaction to a bug bite. Lack of healthy in the gums would alert your vet to anemia.
Ears Ears are notorious for harboring bacteria that cause foul odors, and ear infections. A clean ear is a good ear, and it is a very good idea to keep alert for ear mites, a pesky inhabitant of ears that are highly contagious to other pets in the household.
Lungs Using a stethoscope, a vet will check your pet's lungs for any sounds of congestion, cough, or abnormal breathing patterns. This is extremely important, as a congested chest can lead to many health hazards. Bordatella, Distemper, or even Heartworms are just a few of the problems that can cause congestion.
Heart Listening to your pet's heart is an important step in the exam Any abnormality is cause for concern. Early detection of heart disease can help your pet live a longer, more comfortable life.
Skin and Coat The largest organ of the body, the skin can tell you many things about your pet's health. Your vet will check for fleas, ticks, and other external parasites, as well as swelling, cuts, scrapes, lumps, and condition of the coat. A dull coat on the outside means an ill pet on the inside.
Abdomen Palpating your pet's stomach and groin area, a vet feels for any lumps, abnormal distention, and possible infections. She is also watching for signs of pain from your pet, indicating further problems.
Back and Tail A trip down your pet's spine and tail tells if their are any spinal problems that may need correcting.
Paws Your vet looks for cuts or swelling, and
muscle damage along your pet's legs.
There is much more to a physical exam than most people think. Without regular examinations, serious diseases can go unnoticed by owners. Some pets will not display any symptoms until owners often find themselves with an extremely sick pet, and it may be too late to save them. Please make sure YOUR pet is examined at least twice a year, even if she always seems healthy, after all, prevention is the most effective cure.
Our veterinarians and team professionals take care of our patients and recommend only what we would expect and want for our own pets. Wellness Evaluations are part of a complete and successful medical plan that includes diagnosis, treatment, home care, proactive life-stage planning and client education and communication.
Wellness Evaluations include assessment and design of a plan that best suits your pet life stage and health needs. For Example:
- Evaluation of appropriate Dental care including cleanings and home care,
- Proper Vaccination regimens,
- Nutrition assessment and counseling,
- Behavior consultation and modification,
- Necessary Laboratory tests for routine and life-stage analysis and even detect life-threatening diseases,
- Radiography (x-ray), Videography, and Ultrasound Studies for assessment and diagnosis of common and critical health problems
- Client Education about life-stages, nutrition, behavior, dental care, home treatment of diseases, etc
Vaccinations are essential to your pet's preventative health care plan. Advances in veterinary immunology, have lead to the development of safe, effective, vaccines that prevent diseases that were once quite common and fatal. Each patient is different and we design their vaccine protocol to fit them individually.
Our skilled and knowledgeable team of professionals utilizes comprehensive services, high-tech equipment and contemporary facilities to provide routine preventive healthcare, early disease detection, monitoring and treatment of disease as your pet ages; and complete medical and surgical care. Our dedication to provide exceptional veterinary medicine compels us to be innovators and provide our patients and clients with the finest technology and services available. We strive to serve our patients and clients with service no less than we expect for ourselves and our own pets.