Your veterinarian will examine at your pets ears and may ask if your pet shakes their head,
scratched at their ears, or if you’ve noticed an odor coming for the ears. Any of these can be
a sign of ear infections, allergies, parasites, foreign objects, and other things. If your pet's
ears are dirty, or need regular cleaning, we may recommend certain ear cleansers or
You veterinarian will examine eyes to search for signs of infection, glaucoma, cataracts,
conjunctivitis, allergies, jaundice, and other things.
An oral exam is very important to your pet’s health. You veterinarian will inspect gums,
teeth, tongue and palate for tartar, abnormalities, tooth fractures, loose teeth, tumors,
infections, and other problems. They may recommend doing a dental on your pet if there is
tarter build-up or tooth problems.
Your veterinarian may check your pets nose for discharge, crustiness, signs of allergies and
Heart and Lungs:
You veterinarian will listen to your pets heart and lungs with a stethoscope to check for signs
of heart and respiratory disease such as heart murmurs, pneumonia, Valley Fever, and
If your pet is not Spayed (female) or Neutered (male), you doctor may discuss with you the
many health benefits of spaying and neutering. Your veterinarian will check your pet’s
reproductive systems for swelling, discharge, and mammary tumors.
You may not know this, but the largest organ in both you and your pet’s body is the skin.
Your veterinarian may check for fleas, ticks, other parasites, hair loss, rashes, wounds signs
of allergies, infection, warts, tumors, lumps and bumps. Your veterinarian may recommend
certain medicated shampoos or fatty acid supplements.
Bone and Joints:
Your veterinarian will check your dogs’ bones and joints and check for signs of joint and
bone pain, arthritis, and other things. Your veterinarain may recommend certain joint
You veterinarian will palpate (feel) your pets abdomen to check for enlarged organs,
masses, painful areas and lymph node enlargement.