What a Typical Pet Exam Involves
It requires more than a physical exam to fully understand your pet’s health and determine whether they are harboring any illnesses.
Your pet’s wellness visit starts with the physical exam, where we perform a thorough, nose-to-tail assessment. This assessment includes recording their current weight, temperature, heart rate, and respiration rate. We’ll check the skin for unusual lumps and bumps, and palpate the abdomen to feel for any abnormal hardness or signs of pain.
Laboratory testing gives us more information about your pet’s health and helps us diagnose heartworm disease, kidney infections, intestinal worms, and more. When you see us for your pet’s yearly checkup, be sure to bring a fresh stool sample (no more than 2 hours old) to the appointment.
Dogs and cats need to start their vaccinations early in life. Vaccines give pets heightened immunity to many different (and harmful) viruses, such as rabies, parvo, and distemper. One of our veterinarians can help you figure out which vaccines your pet will need to stay protected.
Deworming is often necessary for puppies and kittens, who usually present to us with intestinal worms. Worms can be treated effectively with proper medication, and prevented for the long term with the appropriate pest control treatment.
Aside from viral diseases, fleas, ticks, and heartworms are also a notable threat to your pet’s health. Ticks can transmit harmful diseases to pets and people, and heartworms can kill if left untreated. Parasite activity is remarkably constant throughout the year here in the Oklahoma City region, which is why we strongly recommend year-round protection with high-quality pest preventatives.
Your pet’s wellness exam is also the ideal time for you to bring up any questions you have about your pet's health and behavior. If you need help choosing the proper diet and managing standard behavioral issues (such as chewing furniture or having accidents in your home), we will be happy to provide recommendations.