Comprehensive Physical Exams
During a physical examination, the veterinarian will check your pet thoroughly noting any signs of abnormalities or illness. Eyes, ears, nose, mouth, chest, abdomen, skin and paws are examined. We also check the temperature, pulse, heart rate and rhythm, weight and body condition of your pet.
Recommended Schedule for Check Ups:
- Adult Dogs/Cats: once yearly
- Older Dogs/Cats: twice yearly
- Puppies/Kittens: 6 weeks of age and every 4 weeks* until the pet reaches over 16 weeks of age.
- Exotics/Pocket Pets (small mammals such as ferrets, guinea pigs, rabbits):
Annual visits until 3-4 years old; twice yearly thereafter.
*Puppies and kittens grow at such a fast pace, many things can change in the course of 4 weeks. From immune systems, to growth plates, to dietary needs, we want to be certain your puppy or kitten’s changes are normal.
Good oral hygiene is important to your pet’s health. Tartar and plaque build up on your pet’s teeth and cause both minor and serious health problems. Aside from bad breath, your pet may develop gum recession, cavities, periodontitis, and loose teeth. Research data has shown a link between dental disease and many common health problems such as heart, liver, lung and kidney disease. During a physical examination, our veterinarians can recommend a dental program suited to your individual pet’s needs.
Adult dogs and cats have individually tailored vaccine programs based upon their needs. Puppies and kittens should be vaccinated every 4 weeks, starting by 8 weeks of age until they reach over 16 weeks of age. The state of Massachusetts requires by law that your dog and cat be current on his/her rabies vaccination.
Reactions: A small percentage of animals may show signs of a vaccine reaction that may include facial swelling, breathing abnormalities, vomiting, or lethargy. If a vaccine reaction occurs, it will usually be within 48 hours of being vaccinated and minimal medical treatment is normally required. There are simple preventative measures we can take when we are aware of any previous allergic reactions.
Wellness programs are tailored to the specific needs of your pet during its different life stages.Back to Top