Oswego Veterinary Hospital
Nurturing the Human-Animal Bond
Your Pet's Wellness Exam
Once again our lovely Miss Liza Loo, to the left, is all ears as we talk about the importance of wellness exams for all your pets.
The wellness exam is the most important preventive health procedure and diagnostic aid available for your furry family members. It is particularly important for those who are elderly, or have compromised health.
Our wellness exam appointments are 30 - 40 minutes in length. You will have plenty of time with our doctors to discuss your pet's health and any concerns you have.
As a part of your pet's health program, our doctors will give your pet a thorough physical exam. The physical exam will help alert you to potential problems, and checks the following parameters in detail:
2) Body condition
3) Coat and skin quality
4) Cardiovascular condition
5) Teeth and gum condition
6) Eyes, ears, nose and throat
7) Musculoskeletal system
8) Lymphatic system (lymph nodes)
9) Basic neurological system
10) Behavior & socialization progress
11) Abdominal palpation to detect abnormal intestine, kidney, liver or spleen size, as well as to detect large tumors from these organs.
The physical exam, however, does not allow us to determine the overall health of the internal organs. Only a blood screen will do that. This procedure will detect any liver and kidney problems, and check for anemia, diabetes and infections.
We recommend this screening for all pets under seven years of age. If your pet is seven or older, we recommend bi-yearly exams with a blood screen at least yearly. As in all health evaluations, early detection is the key to providing more effective treatment.
Yearly fecal exams are also very important because they can uncover parasites that may not be causing a problem yet, but left untreated can lead to poor health. These parasites can eventually cause severe diarrhea, vomiting, anemia or malnutrition. Some fecal parasites may even be transmitted to humans.