Routine Veterinary Exams
Routine checkups with our Clemmons veterinarians are a key component of preventive health care for cats and dogs.
Physical Exams for Cats & Dogs
When it comes to maintaining long-term health, regular exams are just as important for cats and dogs as they are for people.
Together with routine vaccinations and parasite prevention and good nutrition, visiting us regularly for checkups allows us to prevent health problems from developing in the first place.
It also allows us to catch any problems that are already developing in their earliest and most treatable stages.
"They have been my vet for my pets for years. They are conscientious and seem to see the same lovely spirit I see when they work with my dog. That means the world to me and I trust them."
Routine Exams at Animal Hospital of Clemmons
During a routine exam, the vet will inspect all aspects of your pet's physical state to ascertain their overall health. This will include:
We will begin the exam by taking a look at your pet's general demeanor and body condition: how they walk and stand, whether they look bright and alert, and whether their body weight is in a healthy range.
Coat & Skin
We will examine the coat and skin for any apparent problems, such as excessive dryness or oiliness, dandruff, excessive shedding, lumps, bumps or abnormal hair loss.
Face & Head
Your pet's eyes, ears, and nose will be examined for any signs of problems, such as discharge, abnormalities or growths. We will look at the mouth for signs of oral health problems like plaque buildup or periodontal disease.
We will check your pet's heart and pulse to identify potential abnormalities in the heart rate and/or rhythm, or blood pressure issues. We will also listen to the lungs for evidence of abnormal breathing.
The lymph nodes will be assessed for swelling or pain, and the abdomen to ensure that the bladder, kidneys, liver, intestines, spleen and stomach are normal, and to see if there is any evidence of discomfort.
Puppies & Kittens
We will start your new buddy off with a thorough physical exam, vaccinations, parasite testing, and deworming medication.
We will also provide information about how to care for your new pet, and provide you with a puppy or kitten kit with samples and lots of helpful of educational material.
Cats and dogs in North America are living longer than ever before, thanks in large part to advances in veterinary knowledge, new therapies and better nutrition.
In addition to the routine wellness procedures we perform on all adult animals, our senior patients receive special attention for age-related issues, like arthritis or decreased vision. Additional laboratory tests will also help us assess your senior pet’s overall health.
Never hesitate to ask us any questions about caring for your pet. Feel free to ask during your exam, or call us any time.
Vaccinations & Prevention
During your pet's routine exam, the vet will determine whether they are due for any vaccinations, or if they require preventive care.