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Examinations

The frontrunner in time-proven veterinary medical practices is the recommendation for routine physical examinations. This is recommended for all pets – even pets that appear to be seemingly healthy at home! 

Dogs and cats, like other animals, have the natural instinct to hide signs of illness, disease, and injury. This factor, in conjunction with pets’ inability to verbally tell us what hurts and where, can make assessing how they are really feeling a bit of a mystery to pet owners despite their best efforts. The medical team at the Animal Hospital of Dunedin has years of collective experience and education in identifying subtle signs of concern in pets; and the best way for us to do so is by visiting us for the recommended physical examinations.

At the Animal Hospital of Dunedin, we recommend all pets under our care visit us at least once or twice a year, depending on age and health status. Puppies, kittens, sick pets, and senior pets require closer monitoring, and benefit from more frequent visits. The lifespan of pets is much shorter than ours, which is why it’s critical that we keep a scrupulous eye on changing health trends that may require our attention. The sooner we are able to identify an issue, the sooner we can address it!

During the physical examination, you can expect your veterinarian to assess your pet’s physical condition from nose-to-tail. This comprehensive assessment can tell us a lot of things, like if a young pet is growing as expected; if an adult pet has healthy skin and coat; and if a senior pet’s joints are aging comfortably – just to name a few. 

If your veterinarian finds anything amiss, additional diagnostic tests may be recommended. The sooner we can make a diagnosis, the sooner we can help your pet feel better with the least expense to you. All of our professional recommendations are in the best interest of the pets and pet owners we care for.

In an effort to check up on your pet’s mental wellbeing too, we like to have a discussion with our clients about their pet’s behavior, temperament, and lifestyle. This is especially important information, because physical ailments can often manifest to cause mental wellbeing concerns too. You know your pet better than anyone else. We rely on you for this information! This discussion may include:

  • How many hours per day is your pet home alone?
  • Is your pet friendly towards other animals and people?
  • Does your pet enjoy playtime?
  • Does your pet have a comfortable place to sleep?
  • Does your pet have any phobias and anxieties?

Have a conversation with your veterinarian about your pet’s health, behavior, and recommended care regime during your visit – especially if you have any questions or concerns. As your pet’s veterinarian, we are your best resource for pet health information and education, and we are always here to help you be the best pet parent to your pet family. 

Pro-Pet-Parent Tip: Fecal exams are recommended annually, so bring a fresh stool sample with you to your visit. If we find any parasites in the sample, treatment options, as well as preventative measures, will be discussed in detail with you.

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