Our Mooresville vets consider routine veterinary exams to be one of the key components of preventive health care for both cats and dogs.
Just like for humans, regular physical examinations are important for cats and dogs when it comes to maintaining long-term health.
In combination with vaccinations, parasite prevention and good nutrition, regular exams allows us to prevent health problems from developing in your pet in the first place, thereby helping to keep them healthier for longer.
During a physical exam at our veterinary hospital, the vet will inspect your pet's physical state to glean a complete understanding of their overall health. This will include:
This includes your pet's general demeanor and condition: the way they walk and stand, whether they look bright and alert, and whether they have a healthy body weight.
The coat and skin will be examined for dryness or oiliness, dandruff, excessive shedding, lumps, bumps or abnormal hair loss.
We'll examine the eyes, ears, and nose for any discharge, abnormalities or growths, and the mouth for signs of oral health problems like plaque buildup or periodontal disease.
We will check both the heart and the pulse for any abnormality in heart rate and rhythm, or issues with blood pressure. We will listen to the lungs for any signs of abnormal breathing.
The lymph nodes will be assessed for signs of pain or swelling, and the abdomen will be checked to make sure that the bladder, kidneys, liver, intestines, spleen and stomach are normal, and to see if there is any evidence of discomfort.
We’ll start your new puppy or kitten off with a thorough physical exam, immunizations, parasite testing, and deworming medication.
We'll provide advice about how to care for your new friend, and provide you with a puppy or kitten kit, which will contain various samples and educational material.
Cats and dogs are living longer than ever before, thanks mainly to advances in medical knowledge, new therapies and better nutrition.
In addition to the routine preventive care we provide all adult animals, senior pets receive special attention for age-related issues, like decreased vision and arthritis. Additional laboratory tests will also help you assess your pet’s overall health.
Never hesitate to ask us any questions you have about caring for your pet. Feel free to ask during your exam, or call us any time.
During your pet's exam, the vet will also determine whether they are due for any of their routine vaccinations, or if they require preventive care.