Cat & Dog Wellness Exams
Wellness exams play a critical role in helping your pet maintain excellent long-term physical health.
Combined with proper nutrition, regular vaccinations and parasite prevention, these regularly scheduled exams include physical checkups that allow your pet the best chance at great lifelong health.
When we see your cat or dog for their routine checkup, we can prevent health issues from gaining a foothold, or catch them early, when they can be treated most effectively.
What to Expect During Your Pet's Physical
To get a complete picture of your pet's overall health, your Dallas vet will give your dog or cat a thorough physical checkup. Routine wellness exams at our pet hospital include these elements:
Did you know we can learn about your pet's overall health from their physical condition and general demeanor? Their level of alertness, whether they are a healthy weight for their size and how they stand and walk are all important indicators of their overall health.
- Coat & Skin
While examining your pet, we will inspect your dog or cat's coat and skin for signs of issues, including lumps, bumps, dryness, excessive oiliness, abnormal hair loss, shedding or dandruff.
- Face & Head
The veterinarian will examine your pet's ears, nose and eyes for discharge or abnormalities. We will also check the mouth for symptoms of oral health issues such as plaque buildup or periodontal disease.
- Nutritional Consulting
While our veterinarians examine your pet, they will ask about your pet's diet. The type of food, amount of food and frequency with which they eat may all impact your pet's health. All of these are easy to change under the guidance of your veterinarian.
If your veterinarian believes your pet can benefit from a change in their diet, they will recommend which changes they predict will be the most effective.
We offer a wide selection of prescription diets at our pet hospital, so we'll be able to provide the right nutritional support, whatever your pet's needs may be.
Do you have questions about your pet's eating habits or diet? Ask one of our vets, either during or after your pet's checkup.
Heart rhythm and rate, blood pressure and pulse are vital factors when it comes to your pet's heart health. These will be tested to ensure they're normal, then the vet will examine the lungs for evidence of abnormal breathing.
Lymph nodes will be checked for swelling or pain before the abdomen is examined to ensure the kidneys, spleen, liver, stomach, bladder and intestines each feel normal, and that your pet is not displaying any signs of discomfort.
Blood, urine and fecal testing can often help provide an even more accurate evaluation of a pet’s internal health. We recommend annual blood work and fecal testing for all pets 1 to 6 years of age. For senior pets, we recommend blood work and urine tests every 6 months.
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.
As your pet ages, regular examinations become increasingly crucial to ensuring 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 age-related conditions, such as arthritis or decreased vision. Additional laboratory tests will also provide information about your pet's overall health.
Vaccinations & Prevention
During your pet's wellness checkup at our Dallas animal hospital, the vet will also confirm whether your animal requires preventive care, or if they are due for any routine vaccinations.
New Patients Welcome
North Tollway Pet Hospital is accepting new patients! Our experienced vets are passionate about the health of Dallas companion animals. Get in touch today to book your pet's first appointment.