While pets can often dread coming to the vet’s office, pet parents should make it a habit to bring in their pets for a veterinary exam. Veterinarians often recommend that pets have at least two veterinary exams a year. Usually, senior pets or pets with chronic diseases are asked to come in more often. These exams play a vital role in your pet’s health assessment and early detection of diseases. 

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What information should I know before a veterinary exam?

As a pet parent, be prepared to answer questions about any changes in your pet’s diet, activities, physical changes, or any health concerns that you might have noticed (e.g. any worrying signs related to behaviour). This information can help our veterinarians correlate their findings. 

What happens in a veterinary exam?

In a veterinary exam, the veterinarian will examine your pet’s body. They check various body parts such as the ears, mouth, eyes and neck to look for abnormalities and pesticides. They look at the skin and fur to look for dermatological issues, ticks and fleas. They check your pet’s joints for any injuries or signs of arthritis, a common disease amongst pets. They also check their heart rate and take your pet’s temperature and weight.

Are bloodwork and diagnostics a part of the veterinary exam?

The veterinarian may suggest bloodwork or other diagnostic tests depending on the exam findings. To know more about our veterinary exam services, please call us at 604-854-2313.        

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