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Examinations

Animals cannot tell us when they are feeling unwell. For this reason, routine examinations are crucial to the health and wellbeing of pets, because a veterinarian has the opportunity to catch diseases before they become serious enough to affect the animal's quality of life.

During the early stages, the symptoms of a disease or illness may be very subtle. Even the most attentive and caring owner may miss them. But routine veterinary examinations and lab results can accurately assess if a disease is affecting your pet.

We recommend examinations twice a year for adult animals who do not have a history of chronic disease. For puppies, kittens, adolescents, and seniors, or pets with a chronic condition, more frequent examinations are recommended.

During an examination, the veterinarian will conduct a physical exam which will consist of the following:

  • Looking into the mouth at the teeth and gums
  • Inspecting the coat and skin
  • Feeling the abdomen and muscles for irregularities
  • Weighing the pet
  • Listening to the heart and lungs with a special instrument
  • Checking for abnormal lumps or bumps

The physical examination can reveal a great deal of useful information for our experienced veterinarians.

In addition, we will also conduct a few routine tests. A fecal exam, for example, is recommended for every animal at least once a year. This is because intestinal parasites are one of the most common ailments that pets face. Other tests that the doctor may call for would include bloodwork, a heartworm test, or a Lyme disease test, to name a few. The recommendations of the doctor will depend on the health status, lifestyle, and risk of exposure of the individual pet.