When your pet comes in to see us for a physical exam, you may wonder what you get for your money. That is a fair question and we would love to answer it for you.
Once in the exam room, the veterinarian will ask about any concerns that you have with your pet, ask about any changes in behaviour, eating/drinking, and bathroom habits. She will ask about your pet’s attitude, energy and activity levels. The veterinarian will ask about what food you are feeding your pet, and give you information and recommendations about pet nutrition and which food would be best for your pet.
The veterinarian will start her physical exam by checking your pet’s temperature (sorry Fluffy!) and will listen to his/her heart, checking for rhythm, rate and listening for any murmurs or deficits. Then the doctor will listen to the different quadrants of your pet’s lungs and checking their respiration rate as well.
She will check your pet’s mucous membranes to assess their colour and moisture level (dry gums indicate dehydration) and examines all your pets’ lymphnodes – under the jaw, by their collarbone, and under the legs as well.
We check your dog’s eyes and ears and teeth for any abnormalities. She will feel your pet’s abdomen, checking the internal organs and making sure there is nothing abnormal there. She will also do an overall assessment of your pet’s legs and check their musculature and will also examine your pet’s skin and coat.
Our doctors will discuss their findings with you throughout the examination. If you have any questions or concerns about anything, please let the doctor know and she will stop and will give you a more in depth explanation.
We want nothing more than to give your pet the finest life possible by keeping them healthy. Our wealth of experience and fondness for pets complements the variety of services we offer – so that your beloved pet remains healthy all year round.
First when your pet comes in, we will confirm your contact information. Your pet will be weighed (dogs on our front scale and cats in the exam rooms) and recorded in their file. We will examine your pet’s weight history for weight loss or gain.