Your pet's wellness exam

Your pet's physical examination will include some or all of the following:

  • Abdomen and rectal examination to check for swellings, bloating, or any other abnormalities.
  • Examining the condition of the coat and skin - can indicate the overall health of the animal.
  • Checking the genital area for any malformation.
  • Examination of the heart and lungs, checking for any irregularities such as heart murmurs.
  • Manipulation of the joints to ensure they are mobile and functioning correctly.
  • Examination of the ear canals and ear flaps for parasites, infection, growths, or tumors.
  • Weight check, where dietary or exercise recommendations may also be made.
  • Eye exam. Your veterinarian will check for discharge, redness, and abnormal responses to light. They will also examine the optic nerve in the back of the eye.
  • Complimentary dental exam including looking for any signs of periodontal disease.
  • Older pets may require blood tests to check their liver, kidneys, and other internal organs.
  • If your pet requires any routine vaccinations or treatment then they will usually be taken care of at this time, for example, your dog may be tested yearly for heartworms.
  • Fecal testing may also be required and so you may be asked to provide a stool sample from your pet. Fecal testing is vital to allow your veterinarian to check for internal parasites that live in your pets' gastrointestinal tract. These parasites can be deadly in pets and cause health problems for humans. Examples include roundworms and hookworms.