ANNUAL PHYSICAL EXAMS & VACCINE RISK ASSESSMENTS

Annual physical exams are just as important for animals as they are for humans – ours are tailored to your pet’s life stages and needs.  In a typical pet physical, our veterinarian will review these aspects of your pet’s health:

  • listening to heart & lungs for abnormalitiesexam
  • temperature reading to rule out underlying infection
  • palpation of the abdomen to assess organ size, pain response or tumours
  • assessing dental health and home care to identify disease or pain
  • examining ears & eyes for abnormalities (i.e. cataracts, infection or reactions)
  • checking skin and coat for lumps/bumps, hidden mats, reactive tissue, pigment changes or hair loss
  • assessing legs and feet for weakness, muscle loss, limping
  • checking urogenital area for physical changes, heats, discharges 
  • reviewing medical history and medications
  • discussing nutrition, housing, toys, behaviour and medications

A Vaccine Risk Assessment is performed at the same time as the annual physical exam.  This assessment is used to determine the necessity of vaccinating your pet.  Exposure (pet travels; local exposure to multiple animals of the same species), immune issues and vaccine history are key factors in the assessment.