The Importance of Preventive Care
Annual wellness exams are critical to helping your pet maintain good long-term physical health.
Combined with regular vaccinations, parasite prevention, and proper nutrition, these routine examinations include regular physical checkups to give your pet the best shot at excellent lifelong health.
When you bring your dog or cat in for their routine pet checkup, we can help to prevent health issues from developing in your pet, or catch them early, when they are most treatable.
What to Expect During a Pet Checkup in Phenix City
When you bring your pet to Summerville Animal Hospital for their routine pet checkup, your vet will give your dog or cat a thorough physical checkup to get a complete picture of their overall health. Routine wellness exams at our animal clinic include the following elements:
Your pet's general demeanor and physical condition can provide clues to their overall health. How they stand and walk, their level of alertness, and whether they are a healthy weight for their size are all important indicators of overall health.
Coat & Skin
During your pet's checkup, we will examine your dog or cat's skin and coat for signs of problems, including excessive oiliness or dryness, lumps, bumps, dandruff, or abnormal hair loss or shedding.
Face & Head
Your pet's eyes, ears, and nose will be examined for abnormalities 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.
During your pet's routine exam, your vet will inquire about your pet's diet. The kind of food, amount of food, and frequency with which they eat can all impact your pet's health, and all of those are easy to change.
If your vets believe that your pet could benefit from a change in their diet, they will recommend changes they think would be most effective for improving your pet's health.
Checkups for Puppies & Kittens
Puppies and kittens require 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.
Thanks to recent advances in veterinary medical knowledge, care, therapies, and nutrition, senior pets are living longer than ever.
A longer lifespan means that special attention needs to be given to your pet's routine healthcare as they continue to age. Regular examinations become increasingly important to ensure your pet's long-term good health.
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.
Review of Findings
Once your pet's routine wellness exam is complete, your vet will take the time to discuss any concerns they may have about your pet's overall health and talk to you about your dog or cat's nutritional requirements.
Vaccinations & Prevention
During your pet's veterinary checkup at our Phenix City animal hospital, the vet will also check whether your animal requires preventive care, or if they are due for any routine vaccinations.