Jaffrey-Rindge Veterinary Hospital believes preventative medicine is key to maintaining a healthy and happy pet. A physical examination is a crucial part in assessing your pet’s health. We may detect health issues earlier and therefore intervene sooner. We recommend at least an annual comprehensive physical examination. Annual laboratory tests complement the examination, which include screening for intestinal parasites, heartworm, and tick-borne diseases.
A vaccine protocol tailored to fit your pets’ life style is another important part of preventing certain diseases. Prevention of external and internal parasites is continuing to get better, safer, and easier. Monthly heartworm, flea, tick, and intestinal parasite products are available.
Physical Examinations for Pets
The physical examination will gather information from you and your pet. We will ask you about changes in your pet’s health and address your concerns.
Your pet’s examination includes the following:
- Weight and body condition. Body condition assess whether your pet is too thin, ideal, or too heavy.
- Eyes and eyelids. Common problems include cataracts, dry eye, ulcers, conjunctivitis, and eyelid tumors.
- Teeth and gums. Dental tartar and gingivitis are very common issues.
- Oral cavity for masses and foreign bodies.
- Ears. An otoscope is necessary to examine the horizontal ear canal.
- Lymph nodes. Increase size indicates disease.
- Joints. Range of motion, crepitation, and pain are evaluated.
- Abdominal palpation for masses, distention and pain.
- Heart auscultation. The rate, rhythm and presence of a murmur are heard. Pulse quality is also felt.
- Lung auscultation for crackles, wheezing, or muffled sounds.
- Muscle. Atrophy, weakness, and pain may be detected.
- Nervous system. Reflexes, proprioception, cranial nerves and mental status are evaluated.
- Skin and coat. The largest organ of the body and the largest variety of abnormal conditions.
- Warts, cysts, and subcutaneous lumps will be monitored for changes.
- Further diagnostic tests or treatment options may be recommended and discussed.