It’s Time for a Check-Up

Regular veterinary exams, including initial checkups and annual visits, play a crucial role in maintaining your pet’s overall health. These comprehensive examinations help identify a range of potential issues and ensure early detection of any underlying problems. Additional veterinary procedures like x-rays and blood work for cats and dogs are equally important, as they provide valuable insights into your pet’s well-being and aid in proactive healthcare management. If you are concerned about your dog or cat,book an appointmentfor a checkup at Properties Animal Clinic.

Be Proactive with Your Pet Health Care

It’s natural for some people to feel apprehensive about their cat or dog exams, fearing what the vet may discover. However, it’s important to understand that ignoring the issue won’t make the disease disappear. By bringing your pet in for a veterinary examination, there’s a chance to treat, slow down, or alleviate the symptoms of their illness. The earlier you seek professional care, the better the chances of a positive outcome. Regular visits are encouraged to proactively identify potential issues before they become severe and before your pet exhibits signs of sickness.

veterinarian holding cat during examination

Why Regular Cat and Dog Health Care Exams Are Necessary

Common pet health care concerns for puppies or kittens can include congenital heart defects, umbilical hernias, persistent baby teeth, open fontanelles, eyelid problems, parasites of the ears or of the intestines, and eye problems. Regular and timely examinations for older dogs and cats can be incredibly beneficial in detecting subtle symptoms of sickness and addressing various health issues. From dental disease and obesity to arthritis, urination problems, skin masses, gastrointestinal issues, weight loss, behaviour problems, and respiratory concerns, these exams provide an opportunity for early intervention and treatment. Neglecting proper pet health care can lead to unnecessary suffering and even fatal consequences for our pets. By prioritising regular check-ups, we can ensure a happier, healthier life for our furry friends.

When To See Your Vet For Animal Health Care Exams

Establishing proper pet health care begins early in their lives, with kittens and puppies requiring veterinary attention for essentialvaccinations andspaying or neutering. It is ideal to schedule these procedures before they reach six months of age. As adults, cats and dogs should have exams every year until age 8 or 9 depending on the breed of your pet, and every six months after that. Your veterinarian can outline the best regimen for pet health care depending on the age and breed of your pet.

Pet Health Care Exams Offered

From regular checkups to cat and dog x-rays, Properties Animals Clinic can complete comprehensive evaluations of your pet.

  • Assessment of dog or cat sickness symptoms
  • In-house and off-site reference laboratory (with board-certified pathologists) for blood chemistry and complete blood count examinations
    (cat and dog blood work)
  • Radiology (animal x-rays)
  • Cytology (cellular examination) for assessment of masses, skin and ear disease
  • Blood pressure measurement
  • Ophthalmic (eye) examinations
  • Intraocular pressure measurement for glaucoma
  • Tear production testing for dry eye disease
  • Corneal ulceration testing
  • Otoscopic (inner ear) exams
  • Pet dental exams to assess the need for medical cleaning or dental surgery
  • Orthopaedic and neurological assessments
  • Off-site consultation with board-certified veterinary pathologists, surgeons, internal medicine specialists, radiologists, dermatologists, neurologists, nutritionists and oncologists