1). Weight is checked and recorded to determine optimum weight for the patient. Changes in weight can be an early indicator of some disease processes.
2). Eyes, ears, and skin are checked for inflammation, discharge, or other abnormalities.
3). Palpation (feeling) of the abdomen to check for abnormal masses or discomfort. Your veterinarian also checks for any enlarged lymph nodes.
4). The veterinarian checks heart and lung sounds for any abnormalities.
5). Palpation and manipulation (moving) the limbs and joints to determine pain or abnormalities.
6). Teeth and gums are examined for signs of dental disease.
7). The patient’s temperature is also checked and recorded.
8). In older patients (especially dogs) a rectal exam is done to check for abnormal growths.
9). In older cats the vet may recommend that their blood pressure is taken.
During the wellness exam our veterinarians may recommend that a blood sample be taken to check blood chemistries and a complete blood count.
If your pet has a chronic health condition our veterinarians will check that the current treatment is continuing to be effective and check blood levels of medications to ensure they are in a therapeutic range.
Also, we can administer your pet’s necessary vaccinations at this time.
Ideally, your pet should have a wellness exam annually. Our veterinarians can detect early signs of illness and a treatment plan can be implemented before the disease/illness is further advanced.
As a pet ages or acquires certain health conditions, the recommendation may change to having more frequent examinations.
Early detection of things such as kidney disease, liver disease or heart disease can make it easier to treat and can often slow down the progression of the disease.