Since cats and dogs live much shorter lives than humans, putting off an annual checkup is like delaying a visit with your family doctor by seven years. During that time, different ailments and issues can develop. We strongly recommend all pets come for their annual checkup.
Our clinic also offers home visits for clients with difficulty coming to the clinic, or for anxious pets who get stressed making the car trip. Our home visit service is by appointment, and additional costs apply for travel.
What happens during a veterinary exam?
During a routine examination, the veterinary team will examine your pet from head to tail to make sure everything looks normal.
- Weight, size and body temperature
- Eyes, ears, fur and skin
- Teeth, gums and mouth
- Bones and joints
- Abdomen and lymph nodes
- Heartbeat and lungs
Our team will ask you a few questions about your pet’s behaviour, lifestyle, diet, etc. so we can get to know your cat or dog better. Feel free to share any concerns with us and ask questions. Your veterinary may order lab tests (blood work, or urine or fecal tests) as part of the examination. Your veterinarian will also be able to check if your dog or cat is up-to-date on its shots.
My cat is healthy and never goes outside. Why does she need a checkup?
More than half of cat owners have this same thought. The reason is that cats are very adept at hiding their physical ailments, and you won’t notice anything unusual unless your cat is extremely ill. An annual checkup lets your veterinarian spot problems from the start, so they can intervene quickly if there is a problem, and keep your pet happy and healthy.