Routine wellness exams are critical to helping your dog or cat maintain good long-term physical health.
Combined with regular vaccinations, parasite prevention, and proper nutrition, these routine physical examinations give your pet the best chance at excellent lifelong health.
These wellness exams allow us to provide overall preventative care and catch any health issues early when they are most treatable.
Our vets also offer nutritional counseling. We can help you optimize the diet of your cat or dog based on their unique lifestyle and needs to help them stay healthy.
What to Expect During Your Pet's Physical
Your Rocklin vet will give your dog or cat a thorough physical checkup in order to get a complete picture of their overall health. At this time, your vet can also discuss with you any nutritional concerns you may have about your pet's diet. Routine wellness exams at our animal clinic include the following elements:
Your pet's general demeanor and physical condition are good indicators of their overall health. During your dog or cat's checkup, we will assess how they stand and walk, how alert they are, and whether they are a healthy weight for their size.
Coat & Skin
We will examine your dog or cat's skin and coat for signs of problems, including excessive oiliness or dryness, lumps, bumps, dandruff, or abnormal hair loss or shedding.
Face & Head
Your pet's eyes, ears, and nose will be examined for abnormalities or discharge. We will also check the mouth for symptoms of oral health problems such as plaque buildup or periodontal disease.
We will examine your pet's heart health by checking their heart rate and rhythm, pulse, and blood pressure. The lungs will then be examined for evidence of abnormal breathing.
Lymph nodes will be checked for pain or swelling, and we will also examine the abdomen to ensure the intestines, kidneys, bladder, spleen, liver, and stomach all feel normal, and that your pet is not exhibiting any signs of discomfort.
Review of Findings
At the end of your pet's routine wellness exam, your vet will take the time to discuss any concerns they may have about your pet's overall health and talk to you about your dog or cat's nutritional requirements.
Checkups for 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. Your vet can also answer any questions you may have about providing proper care or nutrition to your new companion.
Once your puppy or kitten's checkup is complete, you'll return periodically for his or her required booster shots.
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
Thanks to veterinary advancements, proper nutrition, and new therapies, senior pets are living longer than ever.
While this is terrific news for pets and their owners, it means that special attention needs to be given to your pet's routine healthcare as they age. As your pet surpasses middle age, regular wellness checks become increasingly crucial to ensure their continuing health and longevity.
In addition to the routine wellness procedures we perform on all adult pets, special attention will be given to check senior animals for geriatric conditions, such as arthritis or loss of vision.
Your vet may recommend additional laboratory tests for aging pets to provide more detailed information about your senior pet's overall health and wellbeing.
Vaccinations & Prevention
During your pet's vet checkup in our Rocklin Animal Hospital, the vet will also let you know if your cat or dog is due for any routine vaccinations or any other preventative care.