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The Physical Examination

The most important and necessary need to effectively prevent, diagnose and treat your pet is a physical examination.

A physical examination involves the eyes, ears, nose, skin, oral cavity, chest (heart and lungs), abdomen (abdominal organs)reproductive systems, urinary systems, rectum/anus, musculoskeletal/extremities (limbs, paws), neurological system ,body condition and ideal weight, comfort level and overall well-being.

It is not always possible to diagnose a problem with a physical examination alone.

It is sometimes necessary to use some of the following diagnostic tools to properly diagnose and treat a problem effectively:

  • Blood-work
  • urine and fecal testing
  • imaging (x-rays and ultrasound)
  • specimen analysis (cultures, fine needle aspirations)
  • biopsy and endoscopy

Just to name a few!

We will take the time to educate you on the needs of your individual pet. We will provide a plan for resolution or monitoring based on your pet’s individual needs.

BECAUSE THEY CAN’T TELL YOU WHEN SOMETHING IS WRONG.

In addition to an annual exam, your pet needs to be examined if you notice:

  • Unexplained weight loss or loss of appetite
  • Excessive drinking and/or urination
  • Lethargy or other changes in activity level
  • Behaviour changes
  • Diarrhea or vomiting
  • Skin lumps, bumps, or irritations
  • Dry, thin, or otherwise poor haircoat
  • Bad breath, plaque on teeth, or bleeding gums
  • Ear odours, residue in ears, or redness
  • Irritated or weeping eyes
  • Lameness in a leg or pain in any area of the body