At any age, wellness appointments provide an opportunity for us to conduct a comprehensive physical examination and develop a health profile for your pet. This information will help us identify medical problems and any other issues that can affect your pet’s health and quality of life. A typical wellness appointment includes the comprehensive physical examination, a fecal test for intestinal parasites, a heartworm blood test (dogs) and appropriate vaccinations for your pet.
At any of our visits, our staff will spend time taking a comprehensive history. We will ask you about your pet’s behavior, appetite, diet, exercise habits, and lifestyle. This is also an excellent time for us to discuss any routine diagnostic testing that may benefit your pet or to recommend any vaccinations that may be due. If your pet seems healthy, a wellness examination is a good opportunity to note any changes, such as weight gain or loss or other subtle changes that may not be evident at home. Sometimes, information obtained during a wellness examination can help detect early signs of illness and address health issues before they progress. We welcome your questions. We strive to help you understand your pet’s health considerations, and we encourage you to be involved in decisions regarding your pet’s health care. Wellness examinations help us establish a relationship with you and your pet. Through your pet’s physical examinations, other wellness procedures, and our consultations with you, we get to know your pet and learn about his or her lifestyle, personality, health risks, home environment, and other important information. We encourage you to use wellness examinations to take an active role in your pet’s health care.
Diagnostic appointments are part of our schedule and are for clients with concerns about their pets. These may involve serious illnesses, vomiting, diarrhea, limping, itching, ear infections, weight loss, or many other possible issues that we see with our patients.
A comprehensive physical examination includes examining your pet’s teeth/oral cavity, eyes, ears, nose, skin and more. Also, asculting the heart and lungs, palpating the abdomen to check for enlarged organs, palpating the joints and evaluating your pet’s musculoskeletal and nervous system are performed. We will also examine lumps and bumps- new and old , discuss if they should be removed and document them on their medical record.