At Frontier Veterinary Hospital, our vets provide routine wellness exams with a focus on preventative care. Regularly schedule routine wellness exams are an excellent way to ensure your cat or dog remains in good health.
The Importance of Preventive Care
Regularly scheduled routine exams are key to helping your dog or cat maintain good long term physical health.
When combined with routine vaccinations, parasite prevention and good nutrition, routine checkups give your dog or cat their best chance at lifelong health and wellbeing.
When bringing your pet into our hospital for their checkup, you give our vets the chance to spot health issues while they are at their most treatable and even prevent health issues from arising at all.
What to Expect During Your Pet's Physical
Your White Settlement vet will give your dog or cat a thorough physical checkup in order to get a complete picture of his or her overall health. Routine wellness exams at our animal clinic include the following elements:
Your pet's physical condition and general demeanor may give hints as to their overall health. The way your pet stand and walks, their weight to body size ratio and their degree of alertness can all indicate their general health and wellbeing.
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.
Review of Findings
At the end of your pet's routine wellness exam, 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.
Checkups for Puppies & Kittens
Puppies and kittens need proper medical attention in their first few weeks of life to get off to a healthy start.
We will give your new family member a complete physical examination, the appropriate immunizations as well as deworming treatments. We will also test them to ensure they don't have any intestinal parasites. You will be given a kitten or puppy "kit" which features educational materials and samples of products to help you care for your adorable new best friend.
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.
Once your puppy or kitten's checkup is complete, you'll return periodically for his or her required booster shots.
With recent advances in veterinary medical knowledge and care, as well as newer therapies and better nutrition, senior pets are living longer than ever.
While this is terrific news for pets and their owners, it means that special attention needs to be given to your pet's routine healthcare as they age. As your pet surpasses middle age, regular examinations become increasingly crucial to ensure their continuing health and longevity.
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 lab testing might be requested by your vet to provide more diagnostic information about your senior pet's general wellbeing and overall health.
Vaccinations & Prevention
During your pet's physical exam, the veterinarian will also check whether they require preventive care, or if they are due for any routine vaccinations.