SERVICES - ANNUAL EXAMS & TESTINGWhy get an annual exam?
The annual exam is a preventative physical check-up for your pet. It's an important part of any wellness program because it gives us a chance to examine your pet and catch health issues before they become more serious.What is an annual exam?
When frequently diagnosed problems such as dental disease, obesity, kidney disease and hypothyroidism are caught early, treatment will be more effective. The annual check-up ensures you're giving your pet the best opportunity for a healthy, happy life.
Your veterinarian may want to see your pet more frequently depending on your pet’s age and condition.
Remember… early detection is key!
The exam includes an overall review of your pet's body condition. A thorough physical exam is performed including eyes, ears, mouth, abdomen, lymph nodes, skin, muscles, bones, heart, and lungs. In some cases, we may also do a rectal examination.What if you find something wrong?
Since animals don’t talk, any information you can tell us about problems your pet is having is very important in helping us diagnose disease. New Client Info Form
Your veterinarian will discuss which vaccines are appropriate for your pet at this time.
Early detection is the key to successful treatment. A system of regular exams and paying close attention to changes in your pet's appetite, weight, and energy level can help prevent more serious problems. If we do find something abnormal in the check-up, we'll discuss the issue with you thoroughly, and provide relevant information. We will go over all your treatment options so you can make the best decisions for your pet and your family.
Recent advances in veterinary medicine have helped our pets live longer than ever before. However, with an increased life span comes an increase in the types of problems that can affect senior pets.
It's important to remember that cats and dogs age faster than we do; a seven-year-old dog is roughly equivalent to a 50-year-old person. We can detect diseases that affect older animals through lab tests such as: a complete blood count (CBC), a chemistry panel, urinalysis, and a fecal test. We’ll discuss all results with you and determine if further testing is needed.
Pets' age-related conditions and diseases include:» weight and mobility changesThe veterinarians at Ashland Animal Hospital work closely with their clients to identify and manage the specific needs of aging pets. We recommend regular physical exams, and please schedule an appointment if you notice any change in your pet’s temperament or physical abilities.
» kidney, heart and liver diseases
» tumors and cancers
» hormone disorders such as diabetes and thyroid imbalance
» changes in behavior or energy
» and many others
This website has information and tips relating to senior dogs: www.srdogs.com