Health Exams

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Annual physical examination is highly recommended  for all cats (indoor and outdoor) and dogs. Before coming to the Animal hospital for your pets annual health exam it is recommended that you bring in a stool sample from your pet that is not more than a day old to check for parasites. In addition it is recommended that your cat or dog be fasted if possible 6-8 hours previous to your pet’s annual health exam visit and or bring treats if they are picky.

Before starting exam Veterinarian will ask  you  about your pet’s health history . The history involves questions such as is your pet Eating/drinking more or less or no change?,  are there any weight changes, does your pet have changes or discomfort in bowl movements, is your pet coughing/sneezing or vomiting? Other questions will address unusual behavior for example unwilling to exercise, and your pets daily behavior pattern (for example does your pet go outdoors). Change in diet,Questions on where you live and where your pet has visited will help your veterinarian determine your pets risk for exposure to fleas, ticks, heart worms and intestinal parasites, and the appropriate vaccine protocol according to your pets lifestyle.

The veterinarian will discuss various topics with you after performing the thorough physical exam  from head to toes for all normal/ abnormal such as  previous or future medical or surgical procedures, urinary tract health, elimination habits, reviewing medications and supplements. Other discussion topics will include dental health, dental disease and preventative care. Discussions on home and professional teeth cleaning are to help the pet owner understand periodontal disease, which can cause tooth loss and bad breath. Zoonotic risks of some parasites /diseases,Tick ,Flea and heart worm prevention, vaccinations and micro chipping are other important topics to be discussed.  Spaying and neutering is discussed for younger pets including the health benefits of it.

Just like us, a physical examination includes a thorough auscultation of the chest with a stethoscope, listening to the heart of lungs. A detailed look on the surface and interior of the eye is performed to detect abnormalities such as eyelid abnormality,ocular discharge,ulcers or glaucoma and more.Mouth is checked for the  dental abnormality,gums,tongue for any changes.An otoscope is used to examine the ear canal for signs of infection, redness or swelling mass,bad odour and parasites such as ear mites.Veterinarian will palpate abdominal organs to determine the size and texture of the kidneys, the bladder condition , any liver and intestines abnormalities such as enlarged organs, masses or tenderness and painful areas.Rectal exams are often performed on older dogs and unfixed dogs, to rule out prostate disease in males and rectal disease in both sexes.such as discharges, breast lumps and testicle size.Finally, a detailed inspection of the entire body, from bones, to lymph nodes, to the abdomen is performed.

Following the physical exam, routine blood tests fecal and urinalysis may be recommended as a part of our early detection program. Early detection of illness and disease is paramount to preventing serious health issues requiring expensive hospitalization, and more importantly will prolong the time we have we our beloved pets.

“Shots” are just one part of your pet’s annual exam. Vaccinations should be given because the physical exam indicates the pet is healthy. Visits with the veterinarian are important to prevent disease, to catch disease early, and to educate you on current veterinary knowledge and to promote healthy habits for your pet.

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Monday: 8 AM to 7 PM
Tuesday: 8 AM to 7 PM
Wednesday: 8 AM to 7 PM
Thursday: 8 AM to 7 PM
Friday: 8 AM to 7 PM
Saturday: 9 AM to 4 PM
Sunday + Stat Holiday: Closed

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We are located at intersection of Cornwall rd & Maple Grove Dr towards North West corner on 1495 Cornwall rd unit #36 Oakville ON L6J0B2

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