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Annual physical examinations are recommended as changes to your pet’s health can occur rapidly. Since the aging process in pets occurs at an increased pace compared to humans, these annual visits are important for disease prevention and early detection.
A physical examination appointment includes a comprehensive assessment of:
A discussion of your pet's recent physical, behavioural and nutritional history reveals further insight. Evaluations and recommendations are provided in written form for your personal records.
Pets having been assessed and determined to be in good health may receive vaccination for potential contagious disease. The vaccine required may vary depending upon your pet's history, age and exposure.
- The Importance of the Annual Veterinary Examination
- Annual Veterinary Exam & Preventive Health Care for Dogs
- Annual Veterinary Exam & Preventive Health Care in Cats
- The Physical Exam: What to Expect at the Veterinarian's Office
Vaccination and Health Certificates
|Please retain a copy of the Vaccination and Health Certificate issued by our veterinarians at the time of your pet's physical examination. This provides proof of your pet's health status and most recent vaccinations. You may require this document when traveling, boarding or for various pet-related activities. It is often handy to keep an extra current copy in your vehicle.|
Medical Evaluation (Illness or injury, infections etc.)
A medical evaluation consists of an extensive analysis of any illness, injury or irregularity relating to a specific portion of the body or systemic function. Once the health status is determined, a treatment plan is recommended and discussed, outlining further diagnostic services, treatments and/or medications if required. This plan may be provided in printed form as well.
Each case is unique and medical care requirements vary.
Prescription Medication and Therapeutic Blood Monitoring
Certain prescription drugs require monitoring to ensure maximum effectiveness and safety. A blood test gives your veterinarian information on the level of medication in your pet's body and any effects on your pet's internal organs and body systems.
Testing allows your veterinarian to make any necessary medication adjustments and ensures your pet is receiving the proper dose. Each pet will metabolize a drug differently.
- It is strongly recommended that a blood test be performed at determined intervals while your pet is receiving prescription medication.
- An annual comprehensive physical examination is required to provide continuing medical care and ensures ongoing medication refills as required.
- Further care may be necessary depending upon your pet's medical condition and his/her response to the provided treatment.
Routine Anesthetic Procedures
- Canine/Feline Spay & Canine Neuter
- Feline Neuter
- Feline Declaw
- Care For Your Cat After Urinary Obstruction
Post Surgical Pain Management
How To Collect Samples
- Dogs - The Indoor Pet Initiative
- Cats - The Indoor Pet Initiative
- Environmental Enrichment and Why Your Cat Needs It
- Feline Environmental Needs Guidelines
- Your Cat's Environmental Needs
- Tips To Create Your Cat's Ideal Home Environment
- Getting Your Cat to the Veterinarian
- Common Reasons Cats DON'T Visit The Veterinarian
- Reading Cat Body Language
- The More The Merrier
- Evaluation of Commercial Pet Foods
- Veterinary Oral Health Council
Medical Conditions and Treatment
- Allergies and Skin - Cats
- Diabetes Mellitus - Cats
- Encouraging Your Cat To Drink Water
- Feline Idiopathic Cystitis
- Feline Leukemia and FIV Reasons for testing
- Litter-ature (Spraying vs. Inappropriate Urination)
- Feline Pancreatitis
- Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease
- Nursing Care for Your Cat
- Canine Allergies & Skin
- Cushings Disease
- Diabetes Mellitus - Dogs
- Heartworm and Tick-Borne Diseases
- Valley Fever in Dogs (Prevalent in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and California)
- A Dog's Plea
- From Friend to Friend
- Rainbow Bridge (female version)
- Rainbow Bridge (male version)
- When I Am Gone
Hazards, Toxicity & Emergency Care