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Veterinary Topics

Physical/Wellness Exam: To ensure a proper diagnosis, our doctors need to visually and physically examine your pet. Our veterinary technicians/assistants are the first staff you will meet in our exam rooms as they perform a quick history and vitals check. Doctor's begin their medical assessment by looking at your pet’s eyes, ears, skin and checking his/her cardiovascular, neurological, gastrointestinal, and skeletal systems for any abnormalities. Blood and/or urine tests may be needed to check the function of your pet’s kidneys, liver, pancreas, and endocrine system's (which includes the thyroid and adrenal gland). Based on your pet’s condition, we may recommend further diagnostic tests, such as radiography (x-rays), or ultrasound. If you’re concerned that something may be wrong with your pet, please call us to schedule a physical exam. Depending on the symptoms, we may ask you to bring in your pet right away.

Cardiology (Heart): Although heart problems are found more often in older pets, these conditions can affect pets at any age. Auscultation of the heart is generally done during wellness exams, Heart disease is usually a life-threatening condition, but early diagnosis and appropriate therapy can extend your pet’s life. Signs to look our for include labored or rapid breathing or coughing, loss of appetite, tires easily, seems weak/lethargic, or has trouble exercising.

Endocrinology (Hormones): Identifying endocrine problems as early as
possible is an important part of keeping our furry friends happy and healthy. These serious, potentially life-threatening conditions are much more manageable when caught early, allowing us to begin proper treatment. There are many common endocrine disorders found in dogs and cats including: diabetes mellitus, hypothyroidism (more common in dogs), hyperthyroidism (more common in cats), Addison’s disease (hypoadrenocorticism) and Cushing’s disease (hyperadrenocorticism) can affect both species. Contact us if your pet begins panting excessively, develops any skin issues (such as hair loss or dull/flaky coat), or shows any changes in behavior, energy levels, appetite, weight, water consumption, or urination.

Dermatology (Skin): Skin problems are common in both species and can be caused by hormonal disorders, allergies, infections, or parasites such as fleas and mites. We can often diagnose a skin problem by simply examining your pet but depending on your pet’s symptoms and the results of our physical exam, we may need to run blood work or other diagnostic tests to rule out other conditions. Contact us if you notice your dog or cat scratching excessively or if he or she develops any bare patches, scabs, scaling, redness, inflammation, lumps, or bumps.

Family Friends Veterinary Hospital is aware of the vast amount of information readily available on the internet. Our team has taken the time to evaluate the following sites and we trust the information these websites offer to our clients, and member of our family:

American Animal Hospital Association

www.aaha.org

American Board of Veterinary Practitioners

www.abvp.com

American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine

www.acvim.org

American Kennel Club

www.akc.org

American Veterinary Medical Association

www.avma.org

Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges

www.aavmc.org

Agility Information

www.cleanrun.com

 Center for Veterinary Medicine- U.S. Food and Drug Administration

www.fda.gov/cvm/