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Wellness Exams

We perform annual wellness exams for all current pets at our practice. This allows us to make sure your pet is at their best health and that nothing is going unnoticed.


When completing a comprehensive exam, our doctors look for:


  • Eyes- Signs of disease, discharge or tearing, abnormal movement or reaction to light, eyelid abnormalities or retinal disease.
  • Ears- Signs of ear infection including pain, gland swelling, redness, odor, mites, ear canal tumors, and ear drum disease and rupture.
  • Mouth- Bad breath, level of calculus on teeth, gingivitis, oral tumors, gum color, tonsils, and dehydration.
  • Heart- Heart rate, arrhythmias, and murmurs/valvular disease.
  • Lungs- Wheezing, crackling, muffled heart sounds and increased airway sounds.
  • Abdomen- Increased abdominal organ enlargement, liver, spleen, and kidneys; bladder size, pain, or stones; intestinal thickness or gas; discomfort on palpation or excessive fluid.
  • Legs- Muscle symmetry, grinding sounds or fluid in the joints; limitations in range of joint motion, painful bones or joints and lameness.
  • Coat, Skin, and Nails- Overall condition and quality of coat; lumps and bumps; excessive dander; saliva-stained fur; fleas/ticks; skin rashes and infections; overgrown nails; tapeworms, fecal matting, or anal gland abnormalities.
  • Lymph nodes/Thyroid- Any irregularities or changes in size.