Comprehensive Physical Examination
Annual physicals are one of the most important procedures for evaluating ongoing health since our pets age so much more rapidly than we do. Early detection is one of the keys to maintaining good health and a semi-annual or annual exam allows us to evaluate any changes which might indicate an emerging problem.
The physical examination includes checking all vital signs and systems such as eyes and ears, skin and coat, musculoskeletal evaluation, heart and lungs and oral evaluation as well as weight and general body condition.
In short, your pet’s physical exam is very similar to the physicals we receive annually from our own doctors. Establishing a patient’s normal is important to order to be able to recognize inappropriate changes, such as weight fluctuations, water consumption, or heart rate.