Physicals: Turn Your Head and Bark... or Meow

The Big Picture Of Pet Health

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From their cold wet nose to the tip of their tail, a physical examination provides your pet's veterinarian with a comprehensive view of your pet's overall health.

Whether completed during wellness exams, vaccination booster appointments, or if your pet is brought in due to an illness or perhaps an injury, giving your pet a physical exam is the step one in seeing the total picture of your pet's health.  

Recognizing the importance of these visits, Caring Hearts Animal Clinic routinely schedules 30-minute appointments.

  • During your pets first year of life, they will have frequent visits for vaccination boosters and to ensure development is progressing normally.
  • A simple annual exam is often sufficient for an adult dog or cat, unless they have a condition that requires more frequent visits.
  • A visit every six months is recommended for those senior pets in order to monitor and detect any changes before these changes become more serious medical conditions.

Unlike humans, pets are not able to tell us when they are sick or hurting. In fact, they are very good at masking signs of both. We ask that you provide a complete veterinary history of your pet to help establish baselines and make things easier for our staff to identify changes throughout time.

Performing these exams while your pet is healthy and displaying no obvious signs of illness or disease makes it easier to identify changes as they develop. Our staff is trained to notice changes or symptoms from the time your pet walks into our clinic and through the visit with the veterinarian to allow for early diagnosis and treatment before any condition becomes painful for your pet.