Wellness exams play a vital role in helping your pet maintain good long-term physical health.
Along with regular vaccinations, parasite prevention, and proper nutrition, these routine examinations involve regular physical checkups to offer your pet the best chance at great lifelong health.
Bringing your cat or dog in for their routine checkup allows us to detect and treat health issues early, and perhaps prevent them from developing.
Your dog or cat will receive a thorough physical checkup from their Stroudsburg vet. This exam is performed at our animal clinic and captures a complete picture of your animal's overall health and will include the following elements.
Did you know your pet's physical condition and general demeanor can offer valuable insight into their overall health? Their level of alertness, how they stand and walk, and whether they are a healthy weight for their size are all important indicators of overall health.
We will check your cat or dog's skin and coat for signs of problems during your pet's checkup. Issues might include lumps, bumps, abnormal hair loss, dandruff, shedding, excessive oiliness, or dryness.
Your pet's eyes, ears, and nose will be examined for abnormalities or discharge. We will also check the mouth for symptoms of oral health problems such as plaque buildup or periodontal disease.
Heart rate and rhythm, pulse, and blood pressure are vitally important to your pet's heart health. We'll test these to ensure they're normal. The lungs will then be examined for evidence of abnormal breathing.
Lymph nodes will be checked for pain or swelling, and we will also examine the abdomen to ensure the intestines, kidneys, bladder, spleen, liver, and stomach all feel normal, and that your pet is not exhibiting any signs of discomfort.
At the end of your pet's routine wellness exam, your vet will take the time to discuss any concerns they may have about your pet's overall health and talk to you about your dog or cat's nutritional requirements.
In their first few weeks of life, puppies and kittens need appropriate medical attention to make sure they get off to a healthy start.
We'll give your new best friend a complete physical examination, deworming medication, and appropriate immunizations. We will also test for intestinal parasites. You'll receive a puppy or kitten 'kit' full of educational material and samples to help you care for your newest family member.
Please never hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns you might have about caring for your new pet, both during your appointments or in-between visits.
Once your puppy or kitten's checkup is complete, you'll periodically return for his or her required booster shots.
With recent advances in veterinary medical knowledge and care, as well as newer therapies and better nutrition, senior pets are living longer than ever.
While this is terrific news for pets and their owners, it means that special attention needs to be given to your pet's routine healthcare as they age. As your pet surpasses middle age, regular examinations become increasingly crucial to ensure their continuing health and longevity.
In addition to the routine wellness procedures we perform on all adult pets, we will give special attention to your senior pet's potential geriatric conditions, such as arthritis or decreased vision.
Additional laboratory tests may be recommended for aging pets to provide more detailed information about your senior pet's overall health and wellbeing.
During your pet's veterinary checkup at our Stroudsburg animal hospital, the vet will also confirm whether your animal needs preventive care, or if they are due for any routine vaccinations.
Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital is accepting new patients! Our experienced vets are passionate about the health of Stroudsburg companion animals. Get in touch today to book your pet's first appointment.