Routine pet checkups allow you to maintain your pet's good long-term health.
Combined with regular vaccinations, parasite prevention, and appropriate nutrition, these routine exams include regular physical checkups to ensure they are in optimal health.
Every time you bring your pet in for their routine checkup, you allow us to prevent health issues from developing inside your pet, or catch them early, while they are still their most treatable.
What to Expect During Your Pet's Physical
Your vet will give your dog or cat a full physical checkup to get an idea of their overall health. Routine vet checkups at our Medford animal hospital include the following features:
Your pet's general demeanor and physical condition can provide evidence for their overall health. How they stand and walk, their level of alertness, and whether they are a healthy weight for their size are all key indicators of overall health.
Coat & Skin
During your dog or cat's checkup, their skin, and coat will be thoroughly inspected for signs of issues including dryness, excessive oiliness, dandruff, lumps, bumps, or abnormal hair loss or shedding.
Face & Head
Your pet's eyes, ears, and nose will be examined for irregularities or discharge. We will also check the mouth for symptoms of oral health problems such as plaque buildup or periodontal disease.
Heart rate and rhythm, pulse, and blood pressure are vitally important to your pet's heart health. We'll test these to ensure they're normal. The lungs will then be examined for evidence of abnormal breathing.
Lymph nodes will be checked for pain or swelling, and we will also examine the abdomen to ensure the intestines, kidneys, bladder, spleen, liver, and stomach all feel normal, and that your pet is not exhibiting any signs of discomfort.
Review of Findings
When we've reached the end of your pets routine checkup, your vet will discuss any concerns you might be having regarding your pets overall health and talk to you about the nutritional requirements your cat or dog might have.
Checkups for Puppies & Kittens
Puppies and kittens need proper medical attention in their first few weeks of life to get off to a healthy start.
We'll give your new best friend a complete physical examination, appropriate immunizations, and deworming medication. We will also test for intestinal parasites. You'll be provided with a puppy or kitten 'kit' filled with educational material and samples to help you care for the newest member of your family.
Please never hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have about caring for your new pet, both at your appointments or following your visits.
Once your puppy or kitten's checkup is complete, you'll return periodically for his or her required booster shots.
With recent advances in veterinary medical knowledge and care, as well as newer therapies and better nutrition, senior pets are living longer than ever.
While this is terrific news for pets and their owners, it means that special attention needs to be given to your pet's routine healthcare as they age. As your pet surpasses middle age, regular examinations become increasingly crucial to ensure their continuing health and longevity.
In addition to the routine wellness procedures we perform on all adult pets, we will give special attention to your senior pet's potential geriatric conditions, such as arthritis or decreased vision.
Additional laboratory tests may be recommended for aging pets to provide more detailed information about your senior pet's overall health and wellbeing.
Vaccinations & Prevention
During your pet's veterinary checkup at our Medford animal hospital, the vet will also check whether your animal requires preventive care, or if they are due for any routine vaccinations.