Our Comprehensive Wellness Exams are performed on a semi-annual schedule to help your pet to live a longer, healthier life. Because dogs and cats age much more quickly than humans, exams are recommended every 6 months (equivalent to humans’ 1-2 years).
Because we believe in treating the whole pet, not just its parts
The following examinations are performed with EVERY Wellness and Sick Pet Visit at Cimarron Animal Hospital
Animals don’t always “tell” their owners that they hurt or where they hurt, so we believe that it is Very Important to perform a Comprehensive Physical Exam every time a patient is seen for either a Wellness or Sick Visit. Our Doctors often get more clues about a pet’s health challenges from a Complete Exam than from just examining the most evident problem.
Because we believe in treating the whole pet, not just its parts, the following examinations are performed with EVERY Wellness and Sick Pet Visit at Cimarron Animal Hospital
Eye Exam And Screenings
An eye exam, using an Ophthalmascope, is performed to evaluate both external and internal structures of the eye. Our Doctors can detect signs of not just eye disease, but also high blood pressure, Valley Fever, other infectious disease, and anemia. If indicated, pets can be screened for Keratoconjunctivitis sicca, or “dry eye”, and Glaucoma.
A deep ear exam is performed, using an Otoscope, to examine the entire ear canal and the ear drum for signs of infection, polyps, ear mites or other foreign bodies, and middle ear disease.
Your pet’s Doctor examines not only your pet’s teeth, but also her gums, tongue, and tonsils assessing the presence of dental plaque and tartar, loose or fractured teeth, tumors, infection, dental abnormalities and periodontal disease. Poor dental health can cause pain, weight loss, liver, kidney and heart disease. Keeping your pet’s mouth healthy is one of the Most Important Things You Can Do To Add Years to Your Pet’s Life!
Cardiac And Respiratory Exam
Your Doctor will listen to your pet’s heart and lungs, listening for heart murmurs and abnormal rhythms, fluid in the lungs or abnormal breath sounds that can signal serious disease. If anything in the physical exam suggests trouble, your Doctor may recommend a Cardiac workup including chest x-rays, blood pressure or EKG.
Your pet’s reproductive system will be examined for lumps, swelling, and discharge. It is in your pet’s best interest to be spayed or neutered to reduce the risks of breast and testicular cancer, life-threatening infections, birthing complications, unwanted litters, and accidents and mishaps due to roaming.
Skin And Coat Analysis
A thorough examination of your pet’s coat and skin will give your Doctor a good indication of your pet’s overall health. She will check for warts and tumors, as well as signs of allergies, nutritional deficiencies, infections, fleas, ticks, and other parasites.
Your Veterinarian will manipulate your pet’s joints and evaluate his muscles for proper function and degree of pain. Your Vet may be able to identify joint disease that your pet hasn’t even “told” you about.
A brief Neurological evaluation is done in the process of every physical exam. As your pet’s face is examined, cranial nerves are evaluated. As your pet’s joints are evaluated, so are his postural reflexes and peripheral nerve tone. Your pet’s proprioceptive reflexes are evaluated as the Doctor watches your pet move around the room.
Finally, your pet’s lymph nodes are examined for enlargement that might indicate infection or cancer.