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Physical Exams at a Reliable Animal Hospital in the Lakeshore Area

Windsor Essex Vets offers many animal clinic and animal hospital locations near Lakeshore. When you come to one of our locations for physical exams for your pets, you can rest assured knowing that a professional pet care provider is administering the test. All of our animal hospitals in Lakeshore offer extensive services to keep your pets healthy and happy.

During a pet examination our veterinarians will take a really close look at your pet and test your pet’s:

  • Temperature – Your pet’s temperature will be taken rectally (causing no discomfort) and should be between 38.3 and 39.2 degrees Celsius. Your pet’s temperature can indicate if something is wrong even if your pet appears to be healthy.
  • Skin and coat - Your pet’s skin and coat are good visual indicators of your pet’s health. The coat should be shiny and soft, and the skin should be clean, not greasy or flaky. Skin and coat problems can often be fixed with a diet change, so if your veterinarian notes any skin or coat issues ask what foods your pet should be eating.
  • Ears - Your pet’s ears should also be checked to make sure there are no infections or allergies. Infections are often located deep in the ear canal where you won’t be able to see them. When caught early by your vet, ear infections can be eliminated before they get really bad. Allergies are also noted in your pet’s ears because ear infections are often a sign of allergic reactions. Your doctor will show you how to clean the ears and prescribe any medication if necessary.

These tests will determine if your pet is healthy. If your pet has received annual exams without any of these tests, you should consider a new doctor such as Windsor Essex Vets.


Annual Pet Physical Examinations in the Windsor Area

As a part of our philosophy of preventative care, we recommend that you bring your companion animal into an animal clinic or animal hospital near Lakeshore at least once a year for a comprehensive physical exam. A veterinarian at Windsor Essex Vets will thoroughly examine your cat or dog and take note of all their occurring symptoms and conditions, so they can recommend effective treatment when necessary.


Why Your Pet Needs a Physical Examination

A thorough examination of your pet helps determine whether or not your pet is healthy. When you come to an animal hospital in Lakeshore, like any of Windsor Essex Vets locations, your pet will be treated with care and respect because we know how cherished pets can be. We offer many services from pet examinations and vaccinations to microchipping and more so that you can get all of your pet’s needs fulfilled at one place.


Exams Before Vaccination

Before vaccines are given, a full examination is always done to ensure your pet is in optimal health to receive the vaccination itself. At times when we feel that the animal is slightly ill or has a flare-up of a chronic condition, we recommend deferring the vaccination. Any information about your pet’s appetite, drinking, activity level, behavior and any concerns you may have need to be mentioned during these types of examinations and help the vet assess your pet’s overall health.


Vaccination

If your pet doesn't present any unusual symptoms, vaccinations may be given, based on his or her overall health, vaccine history, lifestyle or titer testing. Every interaction we have with an animal is used as an opportunity to assess their physical condition. Every pet gets a complete physical examination before they are vaccinated or admitted for dental treatment, surgery or boarding. With an experienced veterinarian at an animal hospital in Lakeshore, this can be done quickly and easily.


Recommended vaccinations and tests for dogs include:

  • Distemper
  • Parvovirus
  • Parainfluenza
  • Leptospirosis
  • Bordetella
  • Rabies
  • Lyme if applicable
  • Heartworm test
  • Fecal parasite test


Recommended vaccinations and tests for cats include:

  • Feline rhinotracheitis
  • Calcivirus
  • Panleukopenia
  • Rabies
  • Leukemia if applicable
  • Fecal parasite test


If you just adopted a new kitten or a puppy, take a look at our kitten and puppy care and vaccination tips. You can also call us to set up an appointment or learn more about caring for senior pets and other tips.

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