Comprehensive Exam

Professional, Total Pet Care

This is our most valuable service. We examine your pet completely. Every system is reviewed and every concern addressed.

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 eight 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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Kayla Wrasman
Kayla Wrasman
posted 2 weeks ago

Our dogs love going and they saved our older dog's life when she had an allergic reaction 💕

Abigail Lee
Abigail Lee
posted 6 months ago

We absolutely LOVE Tipp City Vet! All of the staff are professional and friendly, always happy to see us and my girl, Ollie! I have been bringing Ollie here for care for about 2 years and always had a wonderful experience. They are thorough and make sure you feel at ease about your pet.
About two months ago, we started bringing my girl here for doggy daycare once or twice a week and she loves it! She has a chance to get all her Aussie energy out while I'm at work. She's always so happy when I pick her up!!
My family has also utilized their lodging services several times. You can board your pets separately or together. They offer extra play sessions, bathing, etc. And if you're still worried about your pet, you can text their lodging phone number and they will send you pictures of your pet! Great for nervous Dog Moms like me!
Can't say enough good things!

Alice Hennessey
Alice Hennessey
posted 1 month ago

I love Dr and Mrs hendricks. Wonderful people and the care they give my Bella is very special!

Vickki Slusher
Vickki Slusher
posted 1 month ago

Cannot say enough about Dr. Mathias and his whole team of professionals! Years ago I had a sick cat that other vets said they couldn't save. I brought him to Dr. Mathias and he was able to treat him. He lived another happy and healthy 10 yrs! I now have a dog and live south of town, but still make the trip to Tipp City, as I wouldn't trust anyone else with her care!

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