Physical Assessment Exam: To ensure a proper diagnosis, we need to visually and physically examine your pet. We begin a medical assessment by looking at your pet’s eyes, ears, skin and checking his/her cardiovascular, neurological, gastrointestinal, and skeletal systems for any abnormalities. We will perform blood and/or urine tests as necessary to check your pet’s kidneys, liver, pancreas, and endocrine system, including the thyroid and adrenal glands. 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 medical assessment. 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.
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American Animal Hospital Association
American Board of Veterinary Practitioners
American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
American Kennel Club
American Veterinary Medical Association
Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges