Pet Wellness Exams with our West Palm Beach Veterinarian
Pet Wellness Exams are essential to maintain your pet’s good health and to diagnose and treat any problems including potentially fatal diseases. Puppies and Kittens need regular check-ups and vaccines. Senior pets (cats that are 10 years old or older and dogs that are 6-10 years old) should have wellness exams every 6 months. Normal Pet Wellness Exams usually include a complete history and a physical exam, necessary vaccines, dental care, parasite control (heartworm, flea/tick and de-worming), nutritional counseling and behavior counseling.
What to Expect During a Routine Pet Wellness Exam
During a Pet Wellness Exam at our West Palm Beach vet care clinic in West Palm Beach, our superb veterinarian Dr. Celia M Oberto will begin the exam by taking a complete history from you about your pet’s current situation. Dr. Oberto will ask about any changes in your pet’s weight, appetite, thirst, behavior or activity. She will also inquire about urination and defecation patterns and any previous or past medical history. Dr. Oberto will then check how your pet is walking and standing and if your pet has a proper weight distribution. She will then examine the coat looking for excessive shedding or areas of hair loss. A measurement of your pet’s body temperature will also be taken to rule out a fever.
As the vet care exam by our veterinarian, Dr. Oberto at our West Palm Beach clinic continues, she will also examine your pet’s skin looking for any areas that may appear reddened or abnormally thickened. Dr. Oberto will also examine your pet’s mouth checking for broken teeth, oral ulcers and periodontal disease. She will then examine your pet’s eyes looking for any excessive redness or discharge or excessive watering. She will also examine your pet’s eyes for the presence of cataracts. As the vet care exam progresses, Dr. Oberto will check the ears for discharges and proper functioning and will pay special attention to the presence of ear mites.
Our West Palm Beach veterinarian will then examine your pet’s heart listening with a stethoscope for abnormal rates, rhythms or for the presence of a heart murmur. Dr. Oberto will then listen to the lungs for any indications of congestion or any signs of congestive heart failure. She will then palpate over the abdomen checking for enlargement of the liver or other organs and for any areas of pain or discomfort. A urogenital exam will then be conducted as will a musculoskeletal exam looking for signs of joint problems. The legs, tail and hind end will also be examined.
Our vet care will continue and veterinarian Oberto will offer appropriate wellness exam testing as appropriate. These tests can include blood work such as a complete blood count (CBC), a complete metabolic profile, a urinalysis (UA) and a thyroid panel. Other tests which may be appropriate especially for older pets are X-Rays, ultrasound exams and cardiac testing.
Schedule Your Pets Wellness at Your West Palm Beach Veterinarian
All Care Animal Clinic is located at 2885 K North Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL 33409. Call us today for a Pet Wellness Exam at (561) 688-1154.