A complete medical assessment is centered around a thorough physical examination. All pets should be examined at least once a year by your veterinarian. Pets age about seven times as fast as we do, so older pets should be examined even more often (every six months).
Examinations are critical to help veterinarians find any abnormalities or diseases early, which can then be treated promptly. Early treatment of diseases can often prolong the length and quality of life of your pet.
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At the start of a complete medical assessment, a Veterinary Technician will assess your pets weight and may take their temperature. Common questions asked may include:
•What food is your pet eating?
•Has your pet had any recent vomiting, diarrhea, coughing or sneezing, mobility issues or signs of pain?
•Has there been any change to your pets drinking and urinating habits?
•You may also be asked about your pet’s exercise, general lifestyle and if they've experienced any abnormal behaviour patterns or problems.
These questions enable your veterinarian to give appropriate recommendations for your pet.
During a physical examination, your veterinarian will assess your pet’s:
Your Doctor may use an ophthalmoscope to look closely at your pets eyes. She will assess your pet’s vision, pupillary light reflex, and look for any abnormal redness, lumps, or discharge.
The Doctor will check for any redness, debris, inflammation, lumps and abnormal discharge. An ear swab may be examined microscopically to detect bacterial and/or fungal infections
For any abnormal discharge, change in colour or lumps.
For any oral lumps and for colour of mucous membranes.
For signs of periodontal disease such as gingivitis and tartar or loose teeth. Check out the dental page for more information.
For any enlargement of submandibular, prescapular, and popliteal lymph nodes, which may indicate infection.
Your veterinarian will use a stethoscope to listen to your pets heart rate, rhythm and to asses for murmurs.
Using a stethoscope, she will listen for any wheezing, crackles or increased respiratory sounds.
The doctor may feel your pets belly for any abnormal lumps or bumps and to assess the kidneys, intestines, urinary bladder.
Palpation of limbs for any arthritis, stiffness, or patellar luxation. She will also watch your pet move around to ensure there is no signs of lameness.
Will be examined for any abnormalities such as lumps, hair loss, or areas of itchiness or discomfort.
Body Condition Score
Will assess for any muscle loss and a body condition score will be given for your pet’s weight. If your pet is overweight your vet may recommend a free nutrition consultation with Michelle.
All these areas will be examined to ensure your pet is healthy. Heart disease, dental disease, and abdominal masses are just a few of the many abnormalities that can be detected on physical
examination. Further testing such as a fecal sample, blood testing and urine testing is recommended
annually to further assess your pet’s health.