When performing routine exams at Monroe Veterinary Clinic our vets prioritize preventive care. These wellness examinations are pet checkups that help make sure your cat or dog is in optimal health. 

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The Importance of Preventive Care

Wellness exams play an essential part in helping your pet stay in good physical health their whole lives. 

When these regular checkups are combined with routine vaccinations, parasite prevention they provide your cat or dog with their best chance at achieving excellent long-term health. 

When you take your pet for their routine checkup, we are able to help prevent health problems from developing, or find them early, when they are easier to treat. 

Cat & Dog Wellness Exams, Monroe

What Happens at Your Pet's Physical

Your Monroe vet will conduct an in-depth physical checkup of your cat or dog in order to capture a complete picture of their overall health. Routine wellness exams at our veterinary clinic consist of the following elements:

General Condition

The physical condition and general demeanor of your pet can offer clues about their overall health. How your kitty or pup stands and walks, their level of alertness, and if they are a healthy weight for their size are all key indicators of their overall health.

Coat & Skin

Throughout your pet's checkup, we'll examine your cat or dog's coat and skin for signs of problems, including bumps, lumps, excessive oiliness or dryness, dandruff, or abnormal shedding or hair loss.

Face & Head

The eyes, ears, and nose of your pet will be checked for discharge or abnormalities. We will also examine the mouth for symptoms of dental health problems such as plaque buildup or periodontal disease. 

Internal Health

Heart rate and rhythm, pulse, and blood pressure are essential to the heart health of your pet. We'll test these to see if they are normal. The lungs will then be examined for evidence of abnormal breathing. 

Lymph nodes will be checked for pain or swelling, and we will also examine the abdomen to make sure the intestines, bladder, kidneys, spleen, liver, and stomach all feel normal, and that your pet isn't displaying any signs of discomfort. 

Review of Findings

Following your pet's routine wellness exam, your vet will reserve time to talk about any concerns they might have regarding your cat or dog's overall health and talk to you about your four-legged friend's nutritional requirements. 

Checkups for Puppies & Kittens

Puppies and kittens require proper medical attention in the first several weeks of their lives to start their life off on a healthy note. 

We'll conduct a complete physical examination of your new best friend and provide them with appropriate immunizations, and deworming medications. We will also test for intestinal parasites. You'll be given a puppy or kitten 'kit' containing educational material and samples to help you care for your new family member. 

Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns you might have when it comes to caring for your new puppy or kitten, either at your appointments or following your visits.

Once your kitten or puppy's checkup is complete, you'll come back periodically for their required booster shots

Seniors

With new advances being made in veterinary medical knowledge and care, as well as newer therapies and better nutrition options, senior pets are living longer than they have in the past.

While this is great news for pets and pet parents, it means that special attention has to be given to your furry companion's routine healthcare as they continue to get older. Once your pet surpasses middle age, regular examinations become more crucial to ensure their continuing health and longevity. 

On top of the routine wellness procedures, we conduct for all adult pets, we'll give special attention to the potential geriatric conditions of your senior pet such as arthritis or decreased vision.

Additional laboratory tests may be recommended for aging pets to provide more detailed information about your senior pet's overall health and wellbeing.

Vaccinations & Prevention

When you bring your cat or dog in for their veterinary checkup at Monroe Veterinary Clinic, your vet will take the opportunity to see if your pet requires preventive care, or if it's time for any routine vaccinations.

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