Comprehensive exams are a key component to maintaining your pet’s health. Here at Heritage we pride ourselves on a thorough physical exam, evaluating every body system whether the pet came in for an ear problem, limping, or even a behavior issue. The veterinarian can pick up potential problems on physical exams such as heart murmurs, skin growths, and dental disease that if caught early and treated may prolong the length and quality of your pet’s life. Having a thorough discussion with the pet owner can also give can also give the veterinarian clues as to what other tests might be needed to diagnose a disease. We recommend that every pet be fully examined at least once a year even if they are not due for any vaccinations. Senior pets would also benefit from exams every 6 months.
During the physical exam, your veterinarian will:
- Check your pet’s ears, nose, throat and teeth
- Check for enlarged lymph nodes
- Listen to the heart and lungs
- Palpate the abdomen to feel for any abnormalities
- Perform a short orthopedic exam to look for arthritis or joint pain
- Perform a rectal exam and check the anal glands