What’s the most important thing you can do for your pet in 2019? Bring them to Normandale Vet Hospital for an annual check-up. Even if your pet seems healthy, a Normandale veterinarian performing a physical exam will help us discover any potential illnesses or diseases early on. If we find any health conditions that could cause problems, we can discuss preventive measures you can take to help your pet or treatment options if needed. January is the perfect time for your pet’s annual physical examination. It’s a great way to start off the year.
What You Can Expect from an Examination
When you bring your pet to our clinic, we will perform a thorough examination. Here’s what you can expect during the visit:
Medical History. We will check your pet’s previous records. Is your dog or cat currently taking medications? Have they undergone any surgeries in the past? We do a review of their history to determine any possible current medical conditions.
Weight and Temperature. Every animal should have an ideal weight and a standard temperature. Fluctuations in each can have health implications. If you’ve noticed that your pet is acting strange, it could be because their weight or temperature is not where it should be.
Skin and Coat. An unhealthy looking coat and skin can be early indicators of illness or disease. We will also be looking for parasites such as fleas and ticks. Fleas can cause redness and drying of the skin. Thankfully, there is an easy treatment for fleas.
Eyes, Ears, Nose, and Mouth. We will look for any discharge, swelling, redness, pain, and bad odor in the areas around the head. If you have a senior pet, we will evaluate whether your pet has cataracts, which can result in blindness. Oral hygiene plays a vital role in your pet’s overall health. We recommend cleaning your pet’s teeth with a vet-approved toothpaste. You can find some products at our online pharmacy.
Lungs and Heart. We’ll use a stethoscope to check if your pet has an abnormal heart rate, rhythm or murmurs and if their lungs sound normal. If you have a dog, we’ll test for heartworm infection, as this is a common condition in canines.
Vaccination / Booster Shot Schedule.
Puppies and kittens will need to be vaccinated in their first few months and then receive booster shots every 1-3 years. Dogs need five vaccinations that offer protection against canine distemper, parvovirus, hepatitis, kennel cough, and rabies. Cats need four vaccinations that protect against feline distemper, feline herpes virus, calicivirus, and rabies. We will let you know if your pet needs any other vaccinations.
Normandale Vet Clinic Can Take Care of Your Pet in 2018
Start out 2019 by giving your pet a complete physical at Normandale Veterinary Hospital. In addition to physicals, we also offer surgery, general care, and grooming. To schedule a visit, contact us at (952) 831-8272, or you can message us on our contact page. We provide medical services for pets in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota.