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Wellness Exam

Annual wellness exams are recommended for adult dogs, and twice-yearly exams for senior dogs. If your pet's wellness exam is overdue, contact us to make an appointment.

If a disease is detected before your dog shows signs of illness, steps can be taken before irreversible damage occurs, which means the prognosis for a successful outcome is improved. Additionally, early detection and treatment is less costly than waiting until a disease becomes advanced enough to affect your dog’s quality of life. 

We ask you questions about your dog's diet, elimination patterns, exercise habits, behaviour and general health before performing a thorough physical examination. Based on results, we make recommendations for specific treatments, which may include vaccinations, parasite control, skin and coat care, weight management and dental care.

We observe or inspect:

  • How your dog walks and stands.

  • Whether your dog is bright and alert.

  • Your dog's general body condition and body weight.

  • Your dog’s muscle condition to check for any muscle wasting.

  • Ears - we look for debris or wax in the ear canal, thickening and any other signs of problems.

  • Eyes - we look for redness, discharge, cloudiness, excessive tearing and abnormal eyelid lumps.

  • Skin - we look for excessive dryness or oiliness, abnormal hair loss, abnormal thickening and lumps.

  • Nose & Face - we look for symmetry, discharges, ease of breathing, and any problem related to skin folds.

  • Mouth & Teeth - we look for tartar build-up, gum disease, broken teeth, excessive salivation and mouth ulcers.


We listen to:

  • The heart - listening for abnormal heart rate, heart rhythm and heart murmurs.

  • The lungs - listening for evidence of increased or decreased breath sounds.


We feel:

  • The lymph nodes in the region of the head, neck and hind legs to look for swelling or pain.

  • The legs - we look for evidence of lameness, muscle and nerve problems and problems with the paws.

  • The pulse – if we hear anything unusual, we may simultaneously listen to the chest and palpate the pulse in the hind legs.

  • The abdomen - we feel the bladder, liver, intestines, spleen and stomach to assess whether these organs appear normal or abnormal, and whether there is any evidence of discomfort.

Depending on results and your pet's age, we may recommend in-house screening tests such as a complete blood count (CBC), biochemistry profile, urinalysis or thyroid hormone testing. We will advise you on this. 


Do not feed your pet for about 6 hours before your appointment

This helps to clear the blood of lipemia, which can interfere with some blood tests and make the results difficult to interpret.

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