Initial dog or cat exams and annual check ups are extremely important in the health care of your animal as they can find a variety of potential issues. Other occasional veterinary exams such as animal x-rays or cat and dog blood work are also key to cat or dog health care as they can detect underlying issues.
Why Cat and Dog Health Care Exams Are Necessary
When they are young, common pet health care concerns can include congenital heart defects, umbilical hernias, persistent baby teeth, open fontanelles, eyelid problems, parasites of the ears or of the intestines, and eye problems. Dog or cat exams of older animals can detect or treat problems like dental disease, obesity, arthritis, urination problems, masses of the skin or body, vomiting and diarrhea, weight loss, behaviour problems, and coughing or breathing problems. Without proper cat or dog health care, most of these treatable diseases or issues will result in needless suffering and potentially even death.
When To See Your Vet For Animal Health Care Exams
Proper animal health care starts when they are very young, as kittens and puppies should be seen by a vet for vaccinations and spaying or neutering. As adults, cats and dogs should be checked out by a vet every year until age 8 or 9 depending on the breed of pet, and every six months after that.
Cat and Dog Health Care Exams Offered
In-house and off-site reference laboratory (with board certified pathologists) for blood chemistry and complete blood count examinations (cat and dog blood work)
Radiology (animal x-rays)
Cytology (cellular examination) for assessment of masses, skin and ear disease
Blood pressure measurement
Ophthalmic (eye) examinations
Intraocular pressure measurement for glaucoma
Tear production testing for dry eye disease
Corneal ulceration testing
Otoscopic (inner ear) exams
Orthopaedic and neurological assessments
Off-site consultation with board certified veterinary pathologists, surgeons, internal medicine specialists, radiologists, dermatologists, neurologists, nutritionists and oncologists