Semi-annual physical examinations are very important for your pet. Dr. Edelman, Dr. Virk, and Dr. Harper recommend a complete physical examination for your pet bi-annually for all our patients. Wellness programs vary depending on the species, age, and health needs of the patient. Wellness examinations are also essential in spotting problems before they become serious health issues. Depending on your pet’s age, current medical condition, and medical history, our veterinarians may recommend additional tests as part of your pet’s wellness examination. For any pet, especially senior pets, a wellness examination is a good way to detect early onset of disease. Early diagnosis and treatment of diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease, can greatly improve the overall health and well-being of your pet.
At Mission Valley Veterinary Clinic our wellness examination includes inspection of the ears, the eyes, inspection of the teeth, evaluation of the heart and lungs, and an examination of the fur and skin. Our veterinarians will also feel all over your pet’s body for lumps and bumps. In addition, our veterinarians will check your pet’s vital signs (temperature, pulse, and respiration) and record your pet’s current weight. Routine examinations give our veterinarians an opportunity to develop a picture of your pet’s overall health.
Many veterinarians perform testing on samples of blood, urine, and stool during a wellness exam. The blood test may include a complete blood cell count (CBC) and a chemistry panel. These tests can help determine if your pet has problems such as anemia, infection, or organ disease.
Parasite tests are usually performed during wellness examinations. Our veterinarians request that you bring in a sample of your pet’s stool for analysis. A fresh stool sample can be tested using special procedures to identify parasites. Our veterinarians recommend testing your pet for heartworm disease every 2 years. This type of parasite test involves taking a blood sample.
An overall view of your pet’s health helps our veterinarians detect any problems that may be developing in your pet at an early stage.