Comprehensive Exam

Professional, Total Pet Care

This is our most valuable service. We examine your pet completely. Every system is reviewed; ears, eyes, mouth, abdomen, musculoskeletal, heart, lungs and neurological.

Then we explain our findings to you in easy to understand terms and make our recommendations. Our doctors will care for your pet as if it were their own.

Every staff member here has experienced the joy of owning a pet and the sorrow of losing a cherished companion. Our goal is to help you enjoy your pet for as many healthy years as possible. We are here to help educate you about preventative well care and to manage your pet’s medical needs. We are solemnly dedicated to the proper care for your pet—a team effort involving you, our veterinarians, and our veterinary support staff. Early disease detection can prolong the quality and longevity of your pet’s life

How Often is a Comprehensive Physical Exam and Blood Screen Necessary?

Every species of animal ages at a different rate, and so does every breed of dog. Generally, large dogs age faster than small dogs.
Ask your veterinarian how to plan for your individual pet’s optimal life-span. Described here are the “average” life stages for a dog or cat and our advice for basic well care management.

THE FIRST YEAR – Begin with a thorough physical examination to evaluate your pet’s basic health and to detect congenital problems that need to be managed. Most animals are born healthy, but some pets are born with heart disease, bone abnormalities, hernias, etc. Some congenital conditions are not immediately evident, so youngsters benefit by frequent visits to their veterinarian. Young pets are especially susceptible to infectious diseases until they build up immunity. Immunization is accomplished through a series of vaccines beginning at six weeks of age, completed at four to five months of age, and followed with boosters as recommended by your doctor.

ONE-YEAR-OLD – Physiologically similar to a thirteen-year-old human teenager! A lot can change in this year, so we advise a comprehensive physical exam to reassess your pet’s health, to reevaluate life style and to be sure all preventive measures are in process.

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TWO-YEAR-OLD – Similar to a young adult human in the early twenties. This is a good time to get a baseline blood profile. This is usually the peak time of a pet’s health and we want to know the normal laboratory values for your particular pet. As your pet ages, we can compare blood values over time to help assess wellness and detect problems early.

THREE TO SEVEN – We recommend an annual comprehensive physical exam and blood screen as indicated. This wellness program helps our doctors determine your pet’s physiological “individual normal,” rather than compare him/her to an “average normal.”

EIGHT TO TEN – Midlife similar to a human between forty and fifty years old. At this time, organ systems begin to deteriorate, depending on life style and genes. The challenge for us is to detect and manage health problems so pets can enjoy life to the fullest. It is wise to step up the number of exams to twice a year, since pets age about five years for every human year.

ELEVEN PLUS – Their “golden years.” We recommend semi-annual exams at a minimum. At this age, the rate of deterioration increases, but most pets will enjoy their senior years with proper management and care.

At What Other Times is a Comprehensive Physical Exam and Blood Screen Necessary?

Pets with disease conditions require more intense monitoring than healthy pets. Medical technology changes rapidly and visiting your veterinarian regularly ensures that your pet is receiving the very best, up-to-date care. Of course, a physical exam is appropriate anytime you suspect a problem.

If you observe these signs, please call us to schedule an appointment:

  • Weight gain or loss
  • Stool or urine accidents
  • Increase in sleep or restlessness
  • Fatigue
  • Breathlessness
  • Coughing
  • Difficulty walking or moving
  • Frequent vomiting
  • Poor appetite
  • Increase in thirst or urination
  • Bad breath
  • Dull, flaky hair coat
  • Lumps & bumps
  • Foul body odor
  • Behavior change
  • Crying or whimpering
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Russell Bennett
Russell Bennett
posted 2 weeks ago

VERY wonderful experience. They were very compassionate with our needs in a trying time with our animal and gave us many options without pushing us to do things that were not necessary. Thank You to all the staff and hoping your great success with a growing needs to help others in the way you helped us.

Brandon Silverthorn
Brandon Silverthorn
posted 2 months ago

The entire staff is friendly, professional and genuinely care about the animals and their needs. They provide a clean environment, free of clutter. The animals being boarded seem comfortable and safe. The dogs are separated from the cats.The equipment is up-to-date. They offer payment options, and have an app! WHAT MORE COULD YOU ASK FOR?

Stacy Adamson
Stacy Adamson
posted 4 days ago

I love this vet. My dog has very high anxiety and they take the time to make him feel comfortable. Highly recommend them. They are amazing.

Angela Dunlop
Angela Dunlop
posted 1 month ago

Absolutely amazed by this office. They took my baby in emergency as a new patient, stayed late and worked very hard to save his life. He was only there about 24hours and I could tell how much they were rooting for him and that they cared. We have a bit of a road ahead of us but I know they did everything they could for him.

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