Cat & Dog Routine Wellness Exams
The Importance of Preventive Care
Regular physical examinations, even when your pet appears healthy, are critical to helping your pet maintain good long-term health.
Combined with scheduled vaccinations, parasite prevention and proper nutrition, these routine examinations include regular physical checkups to give your pet the best chance at excellent lifelong health.
When you bring your dog or cat in for their routine checkup, we can prevent health issues from developing in your pet, or catch them early, when they are most treatable.
What to Expect During Your Pet's Physical
When you bring your dog or cat in for a pet checkup at our animal hospital, our Liberty Lake vets will give your four-legged friend a thorough physical checkup in order to get a complete picture of their overall health. Routine wellness exams at our animal clinic include the following elements:
An animal's general demeanor and physical condition can provide valuable clues to their overall health. How they stand and walk, their level of alertness, and whether they are a healthy weight for their size are all important indicators of overall health.
Coat & Skin
While performing your pet's checkup, our vets will examine your dog or cat's skin and coat for signs of problems, including excessive oiliness or dryness, lumps, bumps, dandruff, or abnormal hair loss or shedding.
Face & Head
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.
Review of Findings
Once your pet's routine wellness exam is complete, 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.
Checkups for Puppies & Kittens
Puppies and kittens need proper medical attention in their first few weeks of life to get off to a healthy start.
We'll give your new best friend a complete physical examination, appropriate immunizations, and deworming medication. We will also test for intestinal parasites. You'll be provided with a puppy or kitten 'kit' filled with educational material and samples to help you care for the newest member of your family.
Please never hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have about caring for your new pet, both at your appointments or following your visits.
Once your puppy or kitten's checkup is complete, you'll return periodically 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.
During your senior cat or dog's checkup, additional laboratory tests may be recommended to provide more detailed information about your senior pet's overall health and wellbeing.
At Legacy Animal Medical Center we are pleased to offer nutritional consultations for your pet. Diet and nutrition are critical aspects of pet care. Our nutritional consultations assist you in determining the most appropriate feeding regimen for your pet.
Nutritional advice can help animals stay healthy, prevent disease, and manage illness. Our team can also recommend dietary supplements and weight loss or weight gain plans based on your animal's current condition.
Vaccinations & Prevention
When you visit our animal hospital in Liberty Lake for your pet's veterinary checkup, the vet will also check whether your pet requires preventive care, or if they are due for any routine vaccinations.