Health Exam (Complete Physical Exam)
Because our pets age so much more rapidly than we do, we cannot over-emphasize the importance of a semi-annual (every six months) comprehensive physical exam. During a comprehensive physical examination, our doctors assess the following on your pet: cardiovascular system, respiratory system, gastrointestinal system, urinary and reproductive systems, central nervous system, eyes, ears, skin, coat, mouth, teeth, gums, and weight.
The value of a physical exam is obvious when symptoms of illness are observed in your pet. But what about an apparently healthy pet? Is a good appetite an indicator of health? Birds, for example, can eat up until a few minutes prior to death. Some diseases also actually cause an increase in appetite. What about activity? Many pet owners have attributed decreased activity to aging when in reality the decrease was disease related. How many pet owners even feel comfortable opening their pet’s mouth, taking their pet’s temperature, pulse or respiration rate? Do you want to wait until your pet’s heart murmur causes coughing or your pet’s tooth abscesses to have him examined? Do you really know if your pet is healthy?