Just like humans, your cat or dog needs a physical examination to make sure that they’re in good health. Though you may be able to notice if something is wrong with your pet simply by observing their behavior, an experienced and educated veterinarian in Gaithersburg can help determine your pet’s overall state of health.
The Importance Of Scheduling A Physical Examination With Our Gaithersburg Vets
Underlying health complications with little to no apparent symptoms can cause trouble down the road if left unattended, so it is imperative to get a comprehensive physical examination either once a year or twice a year. Think about it: a cat or a dog’s lifespan is much shorter than that of a human’s, and this means that their health can dramatically change over the course of one year.
What Can My Cat Or Dog Expect With A Physical Exam?
If you and your pet have visited Goshen Animal Clinic before, then we’ll reference your pet’s previous medical records and information after your friendly greeting. If this is your first-time visit, we’ll gather as much information from you as possible about your pet and access other data based on previous veterinarians that your pet has seen.
Aside from reviewing previous medical history and addressing any current concerns with the owner, a standard veterinary physical examination usually includes the following:
- Taking your pet’s temperature
- Checking the condition of the skin and coat
- Examination of the ears
- Putting a stethoscope to your pet’s chest
- An oral health examination (more on this below)
- Examination of the eyes to detect early cataract formation
These are some of the most routine aspects of a physical examination of your pet, but they aren’t necessarily exclusive.
Vaccines And Immunizations
A strong, healthy cat or dog is up-to-date on their vaccinations/immunizations. Of course, the required vaccinations depend on your pet’s age, breed, and medical history, but the most standard types of immunizations for cats and dogs include:
- Feline leukemia
- Canine parvovirus infection (“parvo”)
- And more
Naturally, these immunizations are designed to help your cat or dog live a happier, healthier, and longer life. Though your veterinarian will discuss recommended vaccinations with you, feel free to address concerns about immunizations at any time.
Dental For Dogs And Cats
Pets are also similar to humans in the fact that their teeth must also be maintained. One of the main differences, however, is that we’re capable of brushing and flossing on a daily basis, while our pets rely on annual dental cleaning to maintain good oral health, ward off disease and infections, and avoid bad breath. This places a lot of importance on seeing a veterinary dentist.
Due to the fact that properly and thoroughly cleaning your dog or cat’s teeth is not only painful for them but also a painstaking process for the vet staff, pets generally undergo anesthesia for this routine procedure. Speak with us to learn more about our veterinary dental care services in Gaithersburg.
Quality Comprehensive Pet Care Services In Gaithersburg, MD
At Goshen Animal Clinic, we are proud to serve and take care of your loved one(s). In order to prevent any premature health complications in all areas of your cat or dog’s health, it is strongly recommended to adhere to the following annual or bi-annual veterinary services.
Whether it’s your first time visiting our veterinarians in Gaithersburg and the surrounding area or you’re a long-time patient with us, know that we’re always here for you. Please contact our team with any questions.