Regular Health Examinations
Your pets physical exam is important!
Animal Hospital of Tiffin is dedicated to the proper care of your pet. Through education, preventive care, and careful management of medical needs, we will help you enjoy your pet for as many years as possible.
Our pets can't tell us where they hurt or how they are feeling. They are often good at masking their pain. A regular physical exam along with careful discussion with the client allow us to detect abnormalities and uncover disease. Early detection and treatment are essential in prolonging and improving your pet's quality of life. Early diagnosis may mean the difference between success and failure in the treatment of disease.
Many symptoms may appear harmless, but changes in weight or appetite may signal liver, kidney or heart problems. Lumps or bumps under the skin may be cancerous. Ear infections and abcessed teeth are both painful and common, but may not be noticed by the owner until well advanced. Regular health exams are the basic tool our doctors use to evaluate your pet's health status and to help you make informed decisions about your pet's care. This is also a time for your veterinarian to make recommendations with regard to nutrition, exercise, weight control and hygiene. Your veterinarian will take this opportunity to discuss with you the latest developments and recommendations regarding pet health care and treatment. This is also your opportunity to ask any questions you may have about your pet's health and behavior.
What happens during a Regular Health and Wellness Exam
A Wellness Exam is a complete hands on assessment of your pet's health status. During your pet's exam we measure weight and respiration, eyes, ears, mouth, heart, lungs, abdomen, skin, lymph nodes, nervous system, external genitalia and gait. Throughout the evaluation, the doctor will discuss with you your pet and listen to your concerns and questions.
Yearly Heartworm Testing is generally conducted during this regular health exam. We at Animal Hospital of Tiffin recommend that prevention be given 12 months of the year to protect against heartworm disease with the recommendation for a yearly blood test. Treatment for heartworm disease is quite costly when compared to the relatively inexpensive monthly prevention that is easy to give.
Fecal or stool analysis is also recommended once a year at the time of the Wellness exam. Examining the stool sample microscopically is very important for early detection of diseases such as roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, tapeworms, coccidia, and giardia, not only for your pet's health but also for your family's.
Good Health for your Pet may Include Periodic Blood Testing
Early detections and treatment is essential for your pet's long and healthy life. A Blood Chemistry Screen or Complete Blood Count can pick up a problem before it's caught on physical exam. Early detection of diabetes, kidney and liver disease, as well as metabolic imbalance, is possible with blood screening.
Detecting and Managing Disease Conditions
Pets with disease conditions require more intense monitoring than healthy pets. Medical technology changes frequently and visiting your veterinarian regularly ensures that your pet is receiving up-to-date care. It goes without saying that a physical exam is important anytime you suspect a problem. If you observe any of these signs, please call us to schedule an appointment:
- Weight gain or loss
- Stool or urine accidents
- Increase in sleep or restlessness
- Difficulty walking or moving
- Frequent vomiting
- Poor appetite
- Increase in thirst or urination
- Bad breath
- Dull,flaky hair coat
- Lumps or bumps
- Foul odor
- Behavior change
- Crying or whimpering