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Wellness

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Wellness at BVH

Your pet’s health is always our top priority. We individualize our recommendations based on your concerns as well as your pets breed, age, history, and lifestyle.

BECAUSE OUR PETS CAN”T TELL US HOW THEY FEEL

WE RECOMMEND A ROUTINE EXAM AT LEAST ONCE A YEAR

A routine examination provides you and your veterinarian with the opportunity to develop a picture of your pet’s overall health as well as to spot potential medical issues before they become serious health concerns.

Our nose-to-tail exam includes

Listening to your Pet's Heart

Early signs of cardiac disease include heart murmurs and abnormal heart beat patterns. We look for an arrhythmia when we listen through a stethoscope. Discovering these initial indicators of trouble ahead can lead to identifying underlying conditions. We can then start treating the issue before it becomes a more serious health threat.

Listening to your Pet's Lungs

Health issues including obstructive diseases can be detected by listening to your pet’s lungs. The doctor can also assess the overall pulmonary health of your pet.

Checking your Pet's Teeth and Oral Cavity

Examining your pet’s teeth and mouth is an important part of preventing dental disease. One of the most common health concerns in pets is dental disease. Very young animals, such as kittens and puppies, also need to be checked to ensure they are developing an appropriate bite and that they are losing their baby teeth at the right time. We also take the time to discuss proper home dental care with you.

Evaluating your Pet's Vision

All diseases follow a relatively predictable processes and if found early can be more easily treated. Ocular conditions, which can also be prevented through regular care and screenings, are no exception.

Looking into your Pet's Ears

As with dental disease, ear disease is relatively common in many types of pets. Issues such as low-grade allergies, swimming or bathing, reactions to certain foods, mites and other parasites can all cause and contribute to otitis or ear disease. You may feel that you want to handle this at home. But, in fact, many ear diseases are difficult to detect and require medical treatment.

Checking your Pet's Lymph Nodes, Abdomen & Skin

We feel the skin, looking for unusual lumps or swellings. We are evaluating for skin discolorations, lesions, or patterns of hair loss or thinning. These can indicate the presence of more systemic problems, especially metabolic diseases, which most commonly occur in middle-aged animals.

Examining your Pet's Joints and Muscles

By examining the joints, legs and other areas of the body, we are able to evaluate for swollen joints. This includes decreased muscle tone and variations in muscle size between the limbs. We also observe your pet’s gait for developmental issues. In puppies, we look for early indications of hip or elbow problems. For older pets, we look for signs of arthritis, which can be well-treated if found early.

Vaccines & Labwork

A complete physical includes any vaccines needed, a heartworm test, parasite screening, and should include a full blood workup. A full chemistry panel and complete blood count can identify the presence of underlying diseases. These tests help create a baseline should your pet become ill between routine examinations. Additionally, blood work is necessary if your veterinarian recommends any procedure that requires anesthesia. These procedures can include a dental cleaning, removal of skin masses, or certain testing procedure.