Recommended frequency of comprehensive examinations
If your adult pet between ages one and seven is normally in good health, an annual exam is sufficient. Puppies, kittens, and senior pets require more frequent health reviews. Bi-annual comprehensive exams are appropriate for older pets to check for potentially chronic health conditions such as arthritis and diabetes. We will let you know our recommended schedule for pets under a year old based on species, breed, and other individual factors.
For puppy and kitten visits, we start your new pet on a vaccine schedule and let you know when to return for boosters. We also strongly encourage all clients to have their pet spayed or neutered as soon as possible and to implement a parasite control program.
What you can expect from your pet’s appointment in Newport Beach, CA
Here are just some of the things your pet’s veterinarian will investigate during the comprehensive examination:
- Urinary issues, including inspection of the mammary glands and any unusual discharge
- Coat and skin problems, such as pigmentation changes, loss of hair, shedding, and formation of anal sacs
- Mobility problems, including weakness, limping, and other issues relating to the feet and legs
- Inspection of the ears and eyes
- Condition of the teeth, gums, and jaws
- Respiratory issues, including looking for signs of allergies or asthma
- Gastrointestinal system, which may include evaluating a stool sample
Your pet’s veterinarian in Newport Beach, CA, may need to order additional diagnostic testing or blood work based on the above findings. If so, we will let you know of the treatment plan going forward. This appointment is also an ideal time to discuss concerns about nutrition, behavior, and weight management. Don’t just come to see us when your pet is sick or injured. Call (949) 644-5460 to prevent that from happening in the first place.