Wellness Exams:
Every year for a dog and cat is the same as 5 to 7 human years, so it is very important to make sure your pet is receiving a complete wellness exam at least once a year.

What to expect during an exam:
Your veterinarian will want a complete history of your pet’s health.  Don’t forget to tell them any unusual behavior that your have noticed in your pet including:
Coughing
Vomiting
Diarrhea
Eating More of Less than Usual
Drinking excessively
Excess panting
Scratching/itching

We also need to know your pet’s daily behaviors including:
What your dog eats
If your pet is having trouble getting up in the morning
If your pet is unwilling to exercise
If your pet is showing signs of weakness or unbalance

Depending on where you live and your pet’s lifestyle, the veterinarian may recommend:
Heartworm Testing and Prevention
Flea and Tick prevention
Rattlesnake Vaccination
Bordetella Vaccination
Influenza Vaccination


Usually in the beginning of your pet’s exam, a Veterinary Technician or assistant will:
Take your pet’s temperature to ensure that they do not have a fever or low temperature
Take a pulse and respiration rate and check body weight to ensure your pet hasn’t gained or lost a substantial amount of weight since their last exam.  If your pet has gained weight, we may recommend a weight loss diet and/or blood work testing.  Weight gain can be from medical problems such as Cushing and Thyroid disease.  If your pet is overweight, medical conditions can occur such as Diabetes, higher incidence of cancer, Joint issues, heart disease, and more.
Ears:
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
medications. 

Eyes:
You veterinarian will examine eyes to search for signs of infection, glaucoma, cataracts,
conjunctivitis, allergies, jaundice, and other things.

Mouth:
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.

Nose:
Your veterinarian may check your pets nose for discharge, crustiness, signs of allergies and
other problems.
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
other conditions.

Reproductive Organs:
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.

Skin:
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
supplements.

Palpation:
You veterinarian will palpate (feel) your pets abdomen to check for enlarged organs,
masses, painful areas and lymph node enlargement.
Weight Gain or Loss
Chewing at feet
Scooting rear end
Shaking head
Inappropriate or Excessive Urination
Trouble or straining to urinate
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