Physical Exam – This is a non-invasive, routine evaluation performed twice a year for well pets, and also during any sick visit, by the veterinarian. There are twelve main body systems that are evaluated during a physical exam. Deviances from normal may be subtle, but if detected early, can lead to resolution of the problem or better long-term management, and therefore a healthier, happier pet. General appearance: This includes a Body Condition Score, or assessment of growth, maintenance or obesity.
- Integument/Skin: Many times the skin can give early hints of systemic diseases or parasitic infestations.
- Musculoskeletal: Early detection of osteoarthritis and other joint conditions allow for better long-term management.
- Cardiac: When listening to the heart for murmurs or arrythmias, we also are feeling for proper pulse strength.
- Respiratory: We investigate the upper respiratory tract as well as the lungs, or lower respiratory tract.
- Gastrointestinal: Most people don’t realize the GI system also includes the mouth and teeth. Keeping these healthy can prolong your pet’s lives! The OraStrip non-invasively evaluates for periodontal disease, a debilitating and painful condition that can shorten your pet’s life. Mucous membranes: Can tell us about dehydration, clotting problems, liver problems, or circulatory problems.
- Neurological: Early detection is the key to treating or preventing debilitating neurological conditions.
- Ocular/Eyes: Eyes can develop problems quickly. We routinely screen for glaucoma by measuring intraocular pressures. We also evaluate the different parts of eye and eyelids for problems.
- Ears: Stinky, smelly inflamed ears can mean allergy problems. We look for underlying infection that can help us uncover the bigger allergy problem.
- Urogenital: Conformational predisposition to urinary tract infections, testicular cancer, prostate problems, as well as mammary gland cancer are all assessed when evaluation the urogenital system.
Despite an in-depth physical exam, there are still things a veterinarian cannot tell you about your animal after the “external” evaluation. We consider bloodwork and a urinalysis to be the “internal” physical exam of your animal, evaluating organ systems such as the kidneys, liver, pancreas, thyroid gland, electrolyte balance, blood sugar, blood proteins, red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, and urinary bladder, to name a few. Many diseases will show up in the bloodwork BEFORE the animal shows outward signs of disease. Pets aged zero to six years have bloodwork evaluated annually, while pets seven years and older are evaluated twice each year.
Microchipping – Microchipping your pet gives your pet permanent identification and the best chance for finding his/her way home in the event of natural disasters, emergencies, is stolen or is lost from home.
The microchip is inserted with a simple injection while your pet is awake. If your pet becomes lost and someone takes him to a shelter or a veterinarian, the staff will scan the microchip to read its unique number. Then, your contact information can be obtained through the microchip registry, and you will be contacted for a reunion with your pet.
Since we live in a hurricane prone area, microchipping your pet is a smart decision. Without ID, 90% of pets never return home. Please help provide a happy homecoming for you and your pet!
Vaccines – Vaccines are medical procedures designed to prevent your pet from severe infectious diseases. We do not believe in vaccinating every animal with every vaccine on the market. Since individual pets live different lives, different pets are at risk for different things. It is for this reason, we assess your pet’s lifestyle to develop a tailored vaccination program. We also spread out vaccinations over the twice a year visits to prevent vaccine reactions as much as possible.
– Core Vaccines
- 1-year or 3-year Rabies (required by law for all cats and dogs)
- 1-year or 3-year DAP (Distemper/Adenovirus/Parvovirus) for dogs
- Kennel Cough (Bordatella/Parainfluenza/Adenovirus-2) for dogs
- 1-year or 3-year FVRCP (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis/Chlamydia/Calicivirus/Panleukopenia)- cats
- 1-year or 2-year FeLV (Feline Leukemia Virus) – cats
– Risk-dependent vaccines for dogs
- Lyme Disease
- Canine Influenza – H3N8
– Risk-dependent vaccines for cats
- FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus)
We strive to prevent illness whenever possible. The time and effort invested in Wellness programs has rewards for both pets and owners. Our Wellness programs are designed specifically for your pet and include: Comprehensive physical exam; internal parasite testing; heartworm and flea control; vaccination program; spay and neuter package; and specialized blood tests for all life stages. We perform risk assessments for each pet to help you decide which protocols your pet needs for optimum protection against disease and illness. There is no such thing as “one-size-fits-all medicine.”