Veterinary Exam

A routine examination performed by a veterinarian to keep your loyal companion healthy and happy.

Think of a veterinary exam as a routine physical for your cat or dog. Unfortunately, your cherished companion has a shorter lifespan compared to humans. This means they go through way more changes within a year. Having regular wellness exams means your veterinarian can detect underlying health problems and provide treatment before it worsens. These checkups can have a huge impact on your feline or canine pal’s quality of life and their lifespan. 

When should my cat/dog have a wellness exam?

Regardless of their health status, all felines and canines should have at least one veterinary exam annually. Although you see them every day, your cat or dog will go through many changes without you noticing. To keep a record of those changes and to ensure their health remains stable, wellness exams with a veterinarian are essential. If your cat or dog is a senior, they will need two veterinary exams each year. Puppies and kittens will also benefit from having more frequent wellness exams; they should see a veterinarian three times per year. To schedule a veterinary exam, please call us at 204-589-8381.

What is the veterinarian looking for during a veterinary exam?

During the physical examination, the veterinarian is checking for small details that may be symbolic of a health problem. We will pay close attention to the:

  1. Eyes – We check if they have dry eyes, are showing signs of glaucoma or eye pain
  2. Ears – Parasites and yeast/bacterial infections will result in painful, inflamed, and thickened ears. 
  3. Mouth – Dental disease can harm the heart and kidneys at any age; we look for signs of loose teeth, gingivitis, tartar, or infections
  4. Skin – Many health issues such as endocrine problems, allergies, and poor nutrition can manifest on the skin. 
  5. Heart and Lungs – Using a stethoscope to listen for wheezing and abnormal sounds as it may indicate cardiac disease or fluid in the lungs
  6. Muscles joints and bones – The veterinarian will check for muscle loss, gait changes, and limping as these are often associated with musculoskeletal issues
  7. Stomach – By massaging the abdomen the veterinarian can check for abnormal masses and organ size
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