All Medical Care begins with an examination to determine what Medical Care is necessary.
While there are many different types of examinations they are all comprehensive and performed in the same way for all patients. What is different about examinations is how urgent they are.
EXAMINATIONS TO DIAGNOSE AND TREAT DISEASES IN SICK OR INJURED ANIMALS
Emergency Examinations are the most urgent of all Examinations and need to be performed as close to the time of the Emergency as possible. It is Pet Vet Animal Hospital’s policy to give Emergencies top priority until the emergency is stabilized. While Pet Vet prefers appointments we will see Emergencies either with an appointment or as a walk in. We do suggest you call ahead just to be sure there is a doctor on duty and available to see your emergency.
After Hours Emergency Examinations
Pet Vet does not see after hours emergencies. We refer After Hours Emergencies to one of several Animal Emergency hospitals near to our hospital locations. Emergency hospitals are well equipped and staffed with emergency trained doctors to provide emergency care for your pet during hours when Pet Vet is not open. There is a list of preferred Animal Emergency Hospitals on our Pet Vet Pals page.
Medical Examinations are next on the urgency list. These are for sick or injured animals and depending on the needs of the pet will be performed as soon as possible. Please call for an appointment. If your pet needs to see a doctor Pet Vet will see you as an Emergency walk in patient even when there are no appointments available.
Recheck examinations are made at the time of original examination when the doctor thinks your pet’s progress will need to be checked again. They are also used for monitoring of new medications and to reassess lab findings that need to be repeated.
EXAMINATIONS TO DIAGNOSE AND PREVENT UNKNOWN DISEASES IN APPARENTLY HEALTHY PETS
An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure
A Wellness Examination is done when there are no known or obvious medical problems with your pet. They are performed to make sure that there are in fact no issues that have not been detected and are one of the key elements in maintaining your pet’s health and longevity. A blood and urine sample is often suggested to rule out early organic problems with the liver and kidneys or glandular problems with the pancreas, thyroid or adrenal glands. Since our pets age much more quickly than we age these examinations are much more important to keep our pets healthy. Modern technology has given us the knowledge to diagnose and the ability to treat many medical problems that, if left untreated, could lead to severe disease or death. However, we cannot treat what we have not diagnosed.
Wellness Examinations are recommended at 6 to 12 month intervals depending on the species, breed and age of your pet.
Geriatric Wellness Examinations
Geriatric Wellness Exams begin as early as 7 years for some breeds and species. They are a more intensive form of Wellness Exam that pays special attention to the needs of our pet’s as they age. Mobility problems caused by arthritic changes along with ocular and dental problems are more often seen about this age.
Geriatric Wellness Exams are recommended at 6 to 12 month intervals again depending on the species, breed and age of your pet.
A Vaccination Examination is performed every time your pet receives a vaccination. Vaccination Examinations are done to be sure that your pet is healthy enough to be vaccinated and that they do not have any obvious medical problems that you may not be aware of.
Vaccination Examinations follow your pet’s vaccination schedule