A veterinary medical consultation is the first step to ensure our pets have happy and healthy lives. We recommend bringing your pets in not only when they are sick, but also for regular wellness examinations so that they can be screened for underlying diseases that may lead to problems in the future.
During a routine veterinary consultation, your primary care veterinarian will ask a series of questions to better understand your pet’s lifestyle and general health. You may be required to provide information on your pet’s recent demeanor, appetite, thirst, elimination patterns (i.e. bowel movements/urination) and activity levels; history of travel or exposure to toxins; as well as your compliance with routine preventative care. Please also inform your veterinarian of any known medical conditions, medical procedures or medications that your pet may have had in the past.
A thorough physical examination helps alerting your veterinarian to any discomfort or subtle abnormalities that may warrant further investigation. Your veterinarian will assess your pet’s general appearance, listen to the chest with a stethoscope, and feel specific areas of the body to look for clues that may point to certain diseases.
Sometimes a disease may be present before pets show signs of being ill, or before any abnormalities can be detected on a physical examination. A blood test and/or other additional diagnostic tests will often be recommended in patients that are unwell, or as part of a routine check-up in older pets.
We pride ourselves in offering the best for you and your companion. As in humans, should your pet have a specific condition requiring an escalated level of care, you may be directed to a specialist in that field who will be able to offer additional expertise.