Cat & Dog Wellness Exams
Preventive Care for Health and Longevity
Wellness exams are critical to helping your pet preserve good long-term physical health.
Combined with regular vaccinations, parasite prevention, and proper nutrition, these routine examinations include regular physical checkups to give your pet the best chance at excellent lifelong health.
When you bring your cat or dog in for their routine checkups, several common health issues can be prevented or caught early at their most treatable phase.
What to Expect During Your Pet's Physical
Your Brookhaven vet will give your dog or cat a thorough physical examination to gain an understanding of their overall health. Routine wellness checks at our animal clinic include the following components:
Your pet's general mood and physical condition can provide clues to their overall health. How they stand and walk, their level of alertness, and whether they are a healthy weight for their size are all important indicators of overall health.
Coat & Skin
During your pet's checkup, we will examine your dog or cat's skin and coat for signs of problems, including excessive oiliness or dryness, lumps, bumps, dandruff, or abnormal hair loss or shedding.
Face & Head
Your vet will examine your pet's eyes, ears, and nose for abnormalities or discharge. We will also check the mouth for signs of oral health problems such as plaque buildup or gum disease.
Heart rate and rhythm, pulse, and blood pressure are essential indicators of your pet's heart health. We'll test these to ensure they're normal. The lungs will then be inspected for evidence of irregular breathing.
Your vet will check your pet's lymph nodes for pain or swelling before examining the abdomen to ensure the intestines, kidneys, bladder, spleen, liver, and stomach all feel normal. The veterinarian will also check for any signs of discomfort from your pet.
Review of Findings
At the end of your pet's routine wellness exam, your vet will take the time to go over any concerns they may have about your animal's overall health and talk to you about their nutritional needs.
Checkups for Puppies & Kittens
Puppies and kittens thrive with proper veterinary attention in their first few weeks of life.
We'll give your new animal friend a comprehensive physical examination, any appropriate immunizations, and deworming medication. We will also test for intestinal parasites. You'll be given a puppy or kitten 'kit' filled with educational material and samples to help you provide the best of care for the newest member of your family.
Please never hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have about caring for your new pet, both at your appointments or following your visits.
Once your puppy or kitten's checkup is complete, you'll return periodically for their required booster shots.
With recent advances in veterinary medical knowledge and care, as well as newer therapies and better nutrition, senior pets are living longer than ever.
Although this is wonderful news for aging pets and their families, it means that special attention needs to be given to your pet's routine healthcare as they age. As your pet passes middle age, regular examinations become increasingly vital to ensuring their continuing health and longevity.
In addition to the routine wellness exams we perform on all adult pets, we will give special attention to your senior pet's potential geriatric conditions, such as arthritis or diminished vision.
Further laboratory tests may be advised for aging pets to provide a more detailed picture of your senior pet's overall health and wellbeing.
Vaccinations & Prevention
During your pet's veterinary examination at our Brookhaven animal hospital, the vet will check if your animal requires preventive care or if they are due for any routine vaccinations.