Physical Examination Veterinary Hospital

As a full-service animal hospital, our team at World of Animals at Bethayres, Inc. provides the full range of healthcare services to our patients, from surgery to dental care. However, the complete physical examination may be the most crucial of these services because of the importance of preventative care. These examinations at once allow us to identify risks for future health problems and health problems that already exist. If your pet has some health issue, whether, with disease, injury, or any other condition, it will only worsen with time. Therefore, it is critical to find problems before they have a chance to fulfill this progression.

Our team recommends that your pet receive a comprehensive physical examination on their first visit with us to establish a standard by which to measure all changes in his or her health and identify any problems which could be present. Afterward, we recommend following up with continued examinations on an annual basis so that your pet’s health can be monitored and any issues can be found and stopped early. For Older Pets, and those with certain medical conditions, more than one check-up per year may be necessary.

The examination involves looking the animal over from head-to-toe, feeling for lumps and bumps both inside and outside of the body, checking for tooth or gum disease, checking ears, limbs, skin, and eyes listening to the heart and lungs for problems. Sometimes a rectal examination is performed as well. Some eye problems require a closer look using an ophthalmoscope. Ear canals may need to be examined with an otoscope.

The examination involves looking the animal over from head-to-toe, feeling for bumps and lumps inside and outside the body, checking ears with an otoscope into the canal, checking eyes with an ophthalmoscope, checking for tooth or gum disease, and listening to the heart and lungs for signs of illness.

Pet Physical Examination

A comprehensive examination entails that one of our veterinarians inspects your pet from head to tail. The doctor will check the status of the eyes, ears, skin, and limbs, feel for any lumps or bumps, examine the mouth to ensure there is no tooth or gum disease and use a stethoscope to listen for abnormalities of the heart or lungs. In some cases, the presence of eye or ear problems may warrant scrutiny with an ophthalmoscope or otoscope, respectively. The doctor will also observe the animal’s general condition and manner of behavior, including your pet’s awareness of his or her surroundings and his or her patterns of breathing and walking, as these observations can give clues to your pet’s health. Physical exams are variable in length; depending on the nature of any issues identified, and the animal’s overall health, they can take only a few minutes, or far longer.