Physical Exams

There are two main types of physical exams given to your pet, based on their needs:

Problem-Based Exam

This type of exam looks at a specific problem with your pet, such as an ear infection, skin irritation, a wound, a soreness, or spear grass embedment.

The doctor takes a close look at the afflicted area and prescribes treatment for the presenting problem.

The more information you have about the incident, the better the doctor can assess your pet. For example, if they stopped eating 2 days ago vs. a week ago, or got into a fight with another cat 3 nights ago, or ate a toy yesterday. As well, notes on behavior changes are important. Are they still eating and drinking normal? Going to the bathroom ok? These types of information go a long way to helping the doctor diagnose your pet.

Yearly Preventative Health Check

This comprehensive exam looks over your entire pet from noes to toes and tail and everything in between. A few key checks are:

  • Eyes

  • Ears

  • Teeth

  • Abdomen palpation

  • Limb flex

This exam ensures that your pet is in good shape with no outstanding problems that need addressing. It is a good opportunity to ask your vet any questions you may have about your pet's wellbeing, such as what food they should be on, diet regimes, treats, and exercise habits.