Your pet can benefit greatly from regular wellness examinations or checkups. Whether your pet is a youngster, a "senior citizen," or any age in between, wellness examinations provide an excellent opportunity for us to conduct a thorough 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 wellness examination includes an evaluation of all of your pet's major organ systems. We'll use the wellness visit to ask you questions about your pet's behavior, appetite, exercise habits, and regular activities at home. 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.
A wellness examination is also your chance to have us address your questions or concerns about your pet. We welcome your questions. No question is too small or too silly, and it is our pleasure to address your concerns. 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.
Finally, 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.
GENERAL WELLNESS EXAMS – AT A GLANCE
- Attitude: alertness
- Body Condition Score: signs of abnormal weight
- Hydration: signs of dehydration and moisture of gums
- Mucous Membranes: light pink is the normal color
- Abdomen: assess internal organs and examine for any signs of discomfort
- Cardiovascular: assess lung sounds and examine for heart murmurs
- Dental: assess for signs of dental disease, tumors, or fractured teeth
- Dermatologic: assess for parasites and other diseases of the skin and coat
- Ears: examine ear canals and assess for sign of infection using an otoscope
- Eyes: assess for vision abnormalities, cataracts, or injury using an ophthalmoscope
- Lymph Nodes: assess for enlargement or discomfort
- Musculoskeletal: assess for signs of arthritis, injury or defects
- Neurologic: assess for neurologic related disease or trauma
- Respiratory: assess for signs of asthma or other airway disease
- Urogenital: assess for signs of infection, discomfort, or anatomical abnormalities