Cat & Dog Wellness Exams
The Importance of Preventive Care
Bringing your pet in for routine exams is critical to helping your dog or cat maintain good long-term physical health and wellness.
Combined with regular vaccinations, parasite prevention, and proper nutrition, these routine exams, and physical checkups are highly recommended for your pet to have the best chance of living a long and healthy life.
By bringing your dog or cat in for a routine wellness exam, we can prevent your pet from developing health issues as well as treat any new conditions that develop as quickly as possible.
What to Expect During Your Pet's Physical
Your La Pine vet will give your dog or cat a thorough physical checkup to get a complete picture of his or her overall health. Routine wellness exams at our animal clinic include the following elements:
Your pet's general demeanor and physical condition can provide clues to their overall health. How they stand and walk, their level of alertness, and whether they are a healthy weight for their size are all important indicators of overall health.
Coat & Skin
During your pet's exam, we will inspect your dog or cat's skin and coat for signs of problems, including excessive oiliness or dryness, lumps, bumps, dandruff, or abnormal hair loss or shedding.
Face & Head
Your pet's eyes, ears, and nose will be examined for abnormalities or discharge. We will also check the mouth for symptoms of oral health problems such as plaque buildup or periodontal disease.
Heart rate and rhythm, pulse, and blood pressure are vitally important to your pet's heart health. We'll test these to ensure they're normal. The lungs will then be examined for evidence of abnormal breathing.
Lymph nodes will be checked for pain or swelling, and we will also examine the abdomen to ensure the intestines, kidneys, bladder, spleen, liver, and stomach all feel normal, and that your pet is not exhibiting any signs of discomfort.
Review of Findings
Once your vet has concluded your pet's wellness exam, they will take a moment to discuss any findings or concerns they might have about your pet's overall health. They might also want to discuss any requirements or suggestions they have about your dog or cat's nutritional requirements.
Checkups for Puppies & Kittens
Ensuring that your new puppy or kitten receives the appropriate medical attention in their first few weeks will set the premise for your new family pet to live a long and healthy life.
We'll give your new best friend a complete physical examination, appropriate immunizations, and deworming medication. We will also test for intestinal parasites and treat them accordingly. we will provide you with a kit for your puppy or kitten which will include educational material and samples to help guide you in caring for your newest family member.
Please never hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have about caring for your new pet, both at your appointments or following your visits.
Once your puppy or kitten's checkup is complete, you'll return periodically for his or her required booster shots.
In recent years there have been many advances in veterinary care, nutritional knowledge, and therapies available which have led to our aging pets living longer than ever.
These advances are great news for those with aging pets as it means they will have more time with their furry friend. This also means that there will be added care into your pet's routine wellness exams. The exams as your pet ages will be crucial to ensure their continuing health and longevity.
Your pet will receive the standard routine exams which we provide to all pets in our care, as well as special attention to preventive care for your senior pet's potential geriatric conditions, such as arthritis or decreased vision.
Additional laboratory tests may be recommended for aging pets to provide more detailed information about your senior pet's overall health and wellbeing.
Vaccinations & Preventive Care.
During your pet's veterinary exam at our La Pine animal hospital, the vet will inspect your pet for any signs or symptoms that may require preventive care, or if they are due for any routine vaccinations.