Routine exams and checkups with the veterinarians at Providence Animal Hospital in Charlotte are an essential part of preventive health care for cats and dogs.
Veterinary Exams for Cats & Dogs
Together with routine vaccinations and parasite prevention and good nutrition, regular exams give your pet the best chance at good long term health.
Visiting the vet once or twice a year allows us to prevent health problems from developing in your pet, or to catch them in their earliest and most treatable stages.
Each checkup includes a complete physical exam, routine vaccinations, as well as blood and urine screening.
The Exam: What to Expect
During a routine exam, the vet will inspect all aspects of your pet's physical state to assess their overall health. This will include:
We will start by looking at your pet's body condition and demeanor: how they walk and stand, whether they are bright and alert, and whether they have the appropriate body weight.
Coat & Skin
We will also look at the coat and skin for any problems, such as dryness or oiliness, dandruff, excessive shedding, lumps, bumps or abormal hair loss.
Face & Head
The eyes, ears, and nose will be examined for any discharge, abnormalities or growths, and the mouth for signs of oral health problems like plaque buildup or periodontal disease.
We will check the heart and pulse to identify any abnormality in heart rate and rhythm, or blood pressure issues. We will also listen to the lungs for evidence of abnormal breathing.
The lymph nodes will be assessed for swelling or pain, and the abdomen to to ensure that the bladder, kidneys, liver, intestines, spleen and stomach are normal, and to see if there is any evidence of discomfort.
Vaccinations & Prevention
During your pet's exam, the vet will also determine whether they are due for any of their routine vaccinations, or if they require preventive care such a parasite prevention.
Puppies & Kittens
Puppy and kitten visits offer a unique opportunity to get you and your new pet off on the right paw!
Your puppy or kitten visit will include a complete physical examination where we will look for any signs of illness and make sure that your new pet is in good health.
Our goal is to give you the best advice for your puppy or kitten. We will review your pet’s vaccine and deworming schedule and discuss the best way to manage your pet’s health.
Geriatric Pet Care
Senior pets are living longer than ever before, thanks in large part to advances in medical knowledge, new therapies and better nutrition.
Senior pets will receive special attention for age-related issues, like arthritis or vision loss. Additional laboratory tests will also help your vet assess your pet’s overall health.