The Importance of Preventive Care
Wellness exams are the cornerstone of your pet's annual preventive healthcare. These routine exams help your pet to maintain good long-term physical health.
Routine exam appointments include a thorough physical examination for your pet, combined with any scheduled vaccinations and parasite prevention testing or products that may be recommended for your pet.
Wellness exams also give you an opportunity to ask your vet any questions you may have about your animal's health or behavior, and to discuss your pet's nutritional and exercise requirements.
When you bring your dog or cat in for their routine checkup, we can help to prevent health issues from developing in your pet, or catch them early, when they are most treatable.
What to Expect During Your Pet's Physical
Your Thornton veterinarian will give your dog or cat a comprehensive physical checkup in order to get a complete picture of your animal's overall health. Throughout your pet's routine wellness exam our vets will use Fear Free and/or Low Stress Handling techniques to keep your pet relaxed and comfortable. Routine cat and dog checkups at our animal clinic include the following elements:
Your pet's general demeanor and physical condition can provide essential clues to their overall health. How they stand and walk, their level of alertness, and whether they are a healthy weight for their size are all important indicators of overall health.
Coat & Skin
During your pet's checkup, we will carefully examine your dog or cat's skin and coat for signs of problems, including excessive oiliness or dryness, lumps, bumps, dandruff, or abnormal hair loss or shedding.
Face & Head
Your pet's eyes, ears, and nose will be examined for abnormalities or discharge. We will also check the mouth for symptoms of oral health problems such as plaque buildup or periodontal disease.
Heart rate and rhythm, pulse, and blood pressure are vitally important to your pet's heart health. We'll test these to ensure they're normal. The lungs will then be examined for evidence of abnormal breathing.
Lymph nodes will be checked for pain or swelling, and we will also examine the abdomen to ensure the intestines, kidneys, bladder, spleen, liver, and stomach all feel normal, and that your pet is not exhibiting any signs of discomfort.
Review of Findings
At the end of the dog or cat checkup, your vet will take the time to discuss any concerns they may have about your pet's overall health and talk to you about your dog or cat's nutritional requirements.
Checkups for Puppies & Kittens
Puppies and kittens need proper medical attention in their first few weeks of life to get off to a healthy start.
We'll give your new best friend a complete physical examination, appropriate immunizations, and deworming medication. We will also test for intestinal parasites. You'll be provided with a puppy or kitten 'kit' filled with educational material and samples to help you care for the newest member of your family.
Please never hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have about caring for your new pet, both at your appointments or following your visits.
With recent advances in veterinary medical knowledge and care, as well as newer therapies and better nutrition, senior pets are living longer than ever.
While this is terrific news for pets and their owners, it means that special attention needs to be given to your pet's routine healthcare as they age. As your pet surpasses middle age, regular examinations become increasingly crucial to ensure their continuing health and longevity.
In addition to the routine wellness procedures we perform on all adult pets, we will give special attention to your senior pet's potential geriatric conditions, such as arthritis or decreased vision.
Additional laboratory tests may be recommended for aging pets to provide more detailed information about your senior pet's overall health and wellbeing.
Vaccinations & Prevention
During your pet's vet checkup at our Thornton animal clinic, we will also check whether your animal requires preventive care, or if they are due for any routine vaccinations.