Wycliffe Village Veterinary Clinic

Health Examination

Why your puppy/kitten needs an annual health examination:


-   Evaluate for congenital heart, liver, or kidney problems

-   Check for retained deciduous teeth

-   Check for internal parasites/ deworm

-   Evaluate appropriate nutrition/weight

-   Discuss training concerns/behaviour questions

-   Discuss risk of infectious diseases and recommend appropriate vaccination

-   Check for ear mites/infection/external parasites

-   Test for Feline Leukemia and FIV (cats only)


Why your ADULT dog/cat needs an annual health examination:


-   Evaluate whether vaccination plan should be changed (some pets may only need vaccines every few years during their

     mid age years if exposure is low)

-   Check teeth for tartar build-up and gum inflammation

-   Evaluate weight/nutrition

-   Discuss training or behaviour concerns

-   Check for ear infections and external parasites

-   Check for internal parasites (if warranted)

-   Heartworm testing and prevention (dogs)

-   Discuss preventative measures (glucosamine, wt mgmt, etc.) to plan for old age

-   Check for any skin problems, itching, masses, etc.

Why your GERIATRIC dog/cat needs a health examination every 6 months:


-   Check weight/evaluate nutritional requirements

-   Check blood work for kidney, liver, thyroid, endocrine abnormalities, and check for white blood cell, red blood cell, and

     platelet abnormalities

-   Check urinalysis on dogs and cats with urinary, kidney, or diabetes problems

-   Check teeth for tartar build-up, gum inflammation, and loose teeth

-   Check ears for infection

-   Check for tumors on the skin and elsewhere

-   Check for heart murmurs, arrhythmias, and circulatory problems (blood pressure, etc.)

-   Check vision and hearing

-   Check for musculoskeletal problems (arthritis, muscle atrophy)

-   Evaluate for pain level/ pain control needs

-   Discuss behaviour changes that may be associated with physiological changes or disease processes going on in the pet

     (loss of sight, senility, etc.)

-   Discuss changes which may be needed in the pet's everyday environment

-   Evaluate contagious disease exposure and need for vaccination based on immune status