Comprehensive physical examinations are an important tool in providing a long, quality life for your pet. Pets age 5-7 times faster than humans, can't talk, and often hide early signs of disease. One year represents 5-10% of the pet's life span, whereas one year only represents a very small percentage of the average life of a human. Getting a comprehensive annual physical examination for your pet is like one every 5-7 years for humans.
Since pets can't talk to us, they often are unable to communicate problems before they become a major concern and threat to the pet's well-being. Any hint of abnormalities may bring recommendations for additional laboratory testing to confirm suspicions.
What exactly does your veterinarian look at during your pet's exam? Take a look below for more insight into what the doctor is observing about your pet:
Your pet's weight is one of the first things we'll check when you come in to our office, be it for an exam, a vaccine, or even a nail trim. Significant weight gain or loss can be an early warning of disease, so we believe it's extremely important to check your pet's weight at every visit.
Obesity is the most common nutritional problem in pets. Your pet's overall body condition will be evaluated and appropriate recommendations of diet and other nutritional needs will be made.
Taking care of your pet's mouth is one of the most often overlooked, but extremely important, parts of their overall care. Regular dental care can help add up to 5 quality years onto your pet's life, not to mention making those kisses a lot sweeter!
The doctor will examine your pet's teeth, gums, palate, and tongue to evaluate dental and oral health. She will observe the amount of tarter on the teeth, grade the progression of periodontal disease, as well as look for any abnormalities such as oral tumors or resorptive lesions. For more information on oral care, please visit our dental page here.
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