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Pet Health Exams

The Comprehensive physical examination is the most important practical skill for a clinician to develop. It can also be one of the most challenging. A good physical examination can detect minor abnormalities before they become serious problems as well as identify major organ dysfunction without extensive and expensive diagnostic tests.

We welcome new kittens and puppies:

For many families this is where it all begins. Puppy and kittens receive Comprehensive Physical Examination while their families learn about immunization programs, nutrition, behavior, dental care, and flea and parasite control.

Annual Wellness exam:

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. Our veterinarians examine the animal thoroughly from head to tail and everything in between; then give appropriate recommendations.

Senior Wellness exam:

Dog and cats age 4 to 5 times faster than we do, and as a result, health problems can progress much more rapidly. We recommend that you to bring your senior pet in at least twice a year for their thorough and extensive physical examination. Common problems senior pets experience are; cancer, kidney disease, diabetes, arthritis, vision problems, dental disease, heart conditions, liver and intestinal disorders. We are very sensitive to the needs of older pets. Once again, the value of a Comprehensive Physical Examination cannot be underestimated.

Pre-anesthetic exam:

Careful pre-operative assessment is necessary for selection of appropriate anesthetic regimens. Many surgical and anesthetic complications are a result of pre-existing clinical conditions, most of which are associated with abnormalities that could have been identified by a skilled examiner. A good physical exam can point to many conditions and cause a change in anesthetic or surgical technique, monitoring, and support.

Pre-boarding exam:

We give complementary physical examinations to boarding animals to assess any existing medical condition or external parasites.

Check list  of Changes in Your Pets Health or Behavior.

Any change observed should be examined by your Veterinarian:

Appetite :           o Decreased                o Normal          o Increased

Weight  :           o Loss                         o Gain             o Stable

Water Consumption: o Decreased         o Normal          o Increased

Bowel Movement:        o Constipated     o Normal          o Diarrhea (how long?): _________________

Urination :          o Decreased                o Normal          o Increased Amount     o Increased Frequency

Incontinence (loss of housebreaking):      o Yes  o No    Straining to urinate?       o Yes  o No   

If yes, for how long & explain: _______________________________________________________

Vomiting?         o Yes  o No    If yes, for how long & explain:__________________________________________

Coughing?        o Yes  o No    If yes, Panting:  o Yes  o No

Sneezing?         o Yes  o No   

Gagging?          o Yes  o No   

Any Listlessness?         o Yes  o No    If yes, explain:________________________________________________

Any weakness? o Yes  o No    If yes, explain:______________________________________________________

Shaking head?  o Yes  o No   

Scratching?       o Yes  o No    If yes, where: ______________________________________________________

Significant hair loss?     o Yes  o No   

Do you use any flea control products?  o Yes    o No    If yes, what kind: ___________­­_____________________

Scooting?         o Yes  o No   

Unusual Lumps or Bumps?        o Yes  o No    If yes, explain:

Bad Breath?      o Yes  o No   

Unusual Discharge?       o Yes    o No    If yes, location:

Lameness?       o Yes    o No    If yes, which leg:

Difficulty rising?            o Yes  o No    If yes:   After sleeping?  o Yes o No     After Exercise?  o Yes o No

Difficulty climbing stairs?    o Yes                       o No

Any Behavioral changes? o Yes            o No    If yes, explain: _________________________________________

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