Different types of medical exams are performed for pets who are healthy, sick, or have behavioral problems.
An annual wellness visit begins by discussing the owner's concerns and the pet's lifestyle. After a complete physical exam, the appropriate tests and vaccinations are performed. Each year dogs are screened for heartworm and tick-borne diseases; both dogs and cats are tested for intestinal parasites. Depending on the animal's age, baseline bloodwork, urinalysis, blood pressure, or ECG may be appropriate. Common age-related problems in cats are kidney failure, hypertension, and hyperthyroidism. Older dogs often develop arthritis, hypothyroidism, kidney failure, cancer, or heart failure. The diagnostic tests and the subtle changes detected by the veterinarian at your pet's annual exam allow these and many other diseases to be found and treated early, resulting in a longer, happier life for your pet. Vaccinations, which are designed to prevent certain infectious diseases, are chosen based on your pet's way of life (indoors/outdoors, boarding/grooming, exposure to wildlife, etc.). By only giving the vaccines your pet needs, we minimize reactions but protect him adequately.
Despite everyone's best efforts, some animals still get sick. A sick animal's exam focuses more on symptoms, diagnostics, and necessary medications or surgery.
Behavioral problems are the number one reason pets are relinquished to shelters. These problems often require fewer medical tests, but a more detailed history, including your pet's interaction with other household members. Some solutions are common-sense, but others require diagnostics, changes in environment, medication, and a long-term treatment plan.
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