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The Importance of a Physical Exam
A twice-yearly comprehensive examination-checking your pet from the tip of their nose to the tip of the tail is the most important health care procedure you can provide for your pets. This equates to you and I being examined by our physician every three to four years. Frequently, we will be able to prevent a major health problem if we catch it early enough. Did you ever wonder where the expression cats have nine lives comes from? Cats especially tend to "hide" or compensate very well with many problems until they are very advanced. (Hence the term-9 lives). Twice yearly physical exams are imperative.
Puppies are usually first examined between 6-8weeks of age and vaccinated against fatal viral diseases like distemper and parvovirus. All puppies are dewormed for roundworms; these parasites have serious public health significance. Your puppies stool sample is sent to an outside lab to look for parasites we are unable to see with the naked eye. We start them on a once-a-month heartworm/intestinal worm preventive tablet. Nutrition and puppy training are discussed. Establishing a relationship early on in your pet’s life with our veterinarian enables you to call with any questions you may have. We want you to feel confident/comfortable with the SCV should a problem occur at a later time in your pets life.
Kittens are usually first examined between 6-8wks of age. We vaccinate them against feline distemper and upper respiratory viruses. We deworm all kittens for roundworms (which they are frequently born with) and screen them for feline contagious viral diseases that cats and kittens may harbor without showing signs of illness. Nutrition and litter box habits are also discussed. Establishing a relationship early on in your kitten’s life enables you to call with any questions you may have. We want you to feel confident/comfortable with us should a problem occur at a later time in your pet's life.
Dental disease is the most common, but unfortunately, one of the most overlooked problems your pet may acquire. Over 75% of pets have some degree of dental disease. Plaque and tarter build up on your pet’s teeth (imagine your mouth if you didn’t brush and floss-ugh). If left unchecked, bacteria will eventually find its way into the surrounding gums (gingivitis) and can even find its way into the bloodstream. Believe it or not, this is a leading cause of heart, liver, and kidney disease. A once or twice yearly professional cleaning and dental exam similar to one you have had for yourself is imperative for most pets. Remember, not every pet needs a perfect mouth, but your pet deserves a healthy pain free mouth!
Neutering your pet has numerous health benefits. Intact male cats tend to mark their territory in the house by spraying urine. Male dogs that are not neutered become much more predisposed to diseases including prostate cancer as well as perianal tumors. Neutered pets can have a tendency to gain weight; this can be avoided by proper diet and exercise. Contrary to what you may have heard there is no change in your pet's personality.
Having your female dog or cat spayed is probably the one most important health care procedure you can do for your pet unless you plan to breed her. Unfortunately, when not spayed, pets become extremely susceptible to breast cancer as they age. We have found that if your pet is spayed before entering her first heat cycle the risk of breast cancer is dramatically reduced. Uterine infection or pyometra is another life threatening complication that dogs/cats are predisposed to as they age if left unspayed.
Ultrasonography is a noninvasive diagnostic tool. Normal organs and diseased organs reflect sound differently, allowing us to detect various diseases. Echocardiography allows the visualization of the hearts internal chambers, valves and surrounding blood vessels.
Endoscopy is another diagnostic tool that we use commonly. Most often the digestive tract will be "scoped" by passing a thin lubricated tube into the GI tract itself. With a viewfinder, the lining of the GI tract can be visualized. Many diseases of the gastrointestinal tract like inflammatory bowel disease, colitis, lymphoma, etc. are frequently diagnosed this way. There are however many diseases that may appear similar, making a biopsy of the GI tract necessary.