Dogs, cats, reptiles and birds; From puppies and kittens to adults and even seniors, wellness and improving quality of life and longevity is our goal. So, when and what happens during your pet’s wellness exam?
Our routine wellness exams will cover the following:
Body Condition Score/Appearance – We rate Body Condition Score on a scale of 1-9 with 1 being too thin and 9 being obese.
Behavior – We will discuss any abnormal behaviors that your pet may be exhibiting, both at home or at the clinic. If your pet exhibits behavioral concerns in the hospital, we may try Fear Free methods to help them at this visit and notate it so that we know how to make them as comfortable as possible for their next visit.
Eyes – Evaluating that the eyes are clear and bright. The cornea, sclera and conjunctiva and eyelids
should be intact and healthy. The lens should be transparent and the iris should have a natural color and texture with the pupils normally responsive to light.
Ears – The ear canals should appear normal and healthy with no significant accumulation of wax or debris.
Mouth and Teeth – The gums and the insides of the cheeks should appear sound and healthy. The
tongue, tonsils, palate, and pharynx have a healthy color and appearance. The teeth appear clean, white and properly aligned with no significant accumulation of tartar.
Respiratory System – We will assess that your pet’s respiration is normal, with each part of the lungs sounding clear and healthy and your pet having a normal breathing rate and depth.
Cardiovascular System – We will listen to your pet’s heart to be sure it is strong and healthy, that each valve sounds normal and there are no murmurs.
Abdomen & Abdominal Organs – The abdomen should have a healthy conformation and is free of painful areas. The internal organs should feel normal in size, location, and consistency.
Skin and Hair Coat – Your pet’s skin should be healthy, smooth and normally flexible with no scabs, scales, growths, parasites or irritated areas.
Musculoskeletal System – The pet’s skeleton should be sound and fit. The muscles should have a normal tone and strength for the pet’s age and breed. Your pet’s gait should be normal with no signs of lameness or joint pain.
Urogenital System – Your pet’s bladder and kidneys should feel normal in size, shape, and consistency,
with normal genitalia and reproductive organs for the age, sex and reproductive status of the animal.
There should be no discharge or other signs of disease.
Nervous System – Your pet should be bright and alert with a crisp and responsive mental attitude. Your pet should have excellent body control, posture, balance, and coordination, with brisk and sharp reflexes.
Lymph Node System – The prescapular, popliteal, inguinal, and submandibular lymph nodes should feel normal in both size and shape.
Vaccine and Parasite Status – We will discuss core vaccines and those that are only needed in special situations, as well as parasite preventatives.