Canine (Dog) Services
A wellness exam is a routine medical examination of a pet that appears healthy. The focus of the examination is to maintain optimal health in your pet. These exams should occur at a frequency depending on your pets age and current health status. When a dog is a puppy, they are recommended on a monthly basis, adult may be annually and senior, geriatric, and dogs with chronic health conditions may be semi-annual. During a wellness exam, we will take a thorough history about what your dog’s diet, exercise, behavior, lifestyle, and other general habits are. We also perform a thorough physical exam. A physical exam has many steps including the general appearance of your pet, listening to them with a stethoscope (auscultation) and feeling specific areas of their body (palpation). We observe how your pet moves, their behavior, general body condition, coat, skin, eyes, ear, mouth, and teeth. We auscultate their heart, lungs, and abdomen. We palpate pulses, lymph nodes, joints, limbs, and the abdomen. Based on the history and finding on the exam, we will make recommendations for specific preventative medicine treatments (ie. Vaccinations, parasite control, nutrition, and overall health management). We may also recommend a fecal analysis, heartworm testing, complete blood count (CBC), biochemistry profile, urinalysis, and thyroid hormone testing. Geriatric pets might need additional testing including radiographs or further diagnostic tests. These additional tests might be included because your pet cannot tell you exactly how they are feeling and as a result a disease may be present in its early stages. We want to try and catch the disease before it becomes advanced and hopefully manage or correct the problem before irreversible damage is done. As with all relationships, communication is essential, and we hope you find value in your pet’s wellness exams. Call to schedule an appointment!