The Wellness Exam
This is the basis of preventative medicine in pets and should include at least an annual thorough physical examination. It may include an age appropriate blood test, a urine test and blood pressure check. Though we will seek any symptoms you may have noticed, pets often hide their illness until it is advanced so the physical examination can be the key to identifying issues early.
We examine the eyes: Cataracts, "Dry eye" and glaucoma must be identified early if medical therapies are to be useful.
We examine the mouth: Gum disease is a very common cause of poor health and pain with irreversible periodontal disease ocurring if left untreated. Oral tumors are often malignant and require early detection.
We examine the ear canals: Ear infections are common and often presented at a chronic stage when ear drums can be perforated and medical treatment more challenging.
We listen to the heart and lungs: Heart disease can be treated better than ever extending quality of life.
We examine the skin: Almost all the common serious skin tumors are cured with early surgery.
We palpate the abdomen: In most pets we can feel many of the organs.We often detect abnormalities that can allow prompt treatment.
We examine the joints: Arthritis is a common and painful condition that is often overlooked as normal aging. Many options are now available to manage this condition with dramatic improvements in wellbeing possible.