Why should your pet have an annual exam?
Physical exams are just as important for your pet as they are for you. They are probably far more important because your dog or cat can’t tell you when they are not feeling well. There are some definitive signs that your pet may be sick. These are lethargy, lack of appetite and a change in general demeanor. Any of these symptoms should prompt you to schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians.
There are also many pets that act normal but have a serious illness in their bodies that can only be detected by a thorough physical exam. Therefore, it is just as important for apparently healthy pets to have an exam as it is for a pet that is not feeling well. Examination of these “healthy” pets can often detect disease that would soon cause them to become ill.
Ears: The ears are checked for infections and also for parasites, as this is a common place for them to nest.
Eyes: The eyes are checked for cataracts, retina disease, signs of glaucoma, and other abnormalities. These can all results in blindness, so it is important to check for them regularly.
Mouth: Gum disease, lesions, tooth loss, and throat problems all affect dogs and cats. They could be signs of larger problems. Performing a full mouth examination allows us to diagnose any problems and take care of them before becoming serious.
Internal Organs: The internal organs are examined to check that they are functioning properly. The abdominal area can be checked by hand for any growths or tumors. A stethoscope is used to make sure the lungs are functioning properly and are also used to check heart rate. An ultrasound can also be performed to provide a view of the organs to visually check for anything out of the ordinary.
Skin and Coat: This is checked to make sure that there are no fleas, ticks or other parasites that have made your pet their home.
If any potential problems are uncovered further tests and examination may be necessary to rule out the disease, or properly diagnose it so that it can be treated.