Is a surgery in your pet's future? If it is, you probably have a few questions about pre- and post-surgery care. Paying close attention to care recommendations will help you ensure that the surger ...View Article
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We believe in individualized health care!
We realize that every pet is different and therefore we do not have a "standard" protocol for wellness care that applies to each pet. Instead, we design a wellness plan that fits the age, lifestyle and overall health status of each individual. In fact, the health care needs may even vary between pets within your own household. We simplify this for you by providing you with detailed reminders for each patient. For specific information, please click on the tabs that correspond to your pet's age and species. And of course, let us know if you have any questions!
The physical examination is the most important part of your pet's healthcare! Ever wonder what the Doctor is doing during the exam with all that petting? A thorough physical examination usually starts with the head of the animal where their eyes, ears, and nose are examined. If the pet will allow, a good look inside the mouth is helpful to detect signs of dental disease (tartar, gingivitis, broken teeth, painful teeth, bad breath, bleeding gums, loose teeth, infection) or oral masses/tumors. Next, the lymph nodes under the jaw, in front of the shoulders and in the "armpit" are checked for signs of enlargement. A stethoscope is used to listen to the heart and lungs. Then, the abdomen is palpated (felt) to detect problems with the organs. We can feel the liver, spleen, kidneys and intestinal loops. Do they feel enlarged? Are they smooth? Is there a mass/tumor in the abdomen? Then, the skin and coat are checked for signs of disease. Are there masses on the skin? The joints are checked for signs of arthritis. A quick peek under the tail to check for masses under the tail.
It is best not to skip the physical exam because everything seems fine with your pet. Animals are able to hide illness from us for a very long time. Early detection of illness allows us to slow the progression of a disease and may even offer a cure or prevention. We may be able to detect a heart murmur before the pet shows signs of congestive heart failure. We may find a malignant skin mass and have it removed before it has a chance to spread. We can detect early dental disease and schedule a cleaning before your pet develops oral pain and risks losing teeth. So, it is best not to wait until your pet is ill to have that exam.