Wellness exams from our vets at West Chester Veterinary Medical Center in Chester County focus on preventive care. These routine veterinary exams help ensure your pet is in good health.
Wellness exams are critical to helping your pet maintain good long-term physical health.
Combined with regular vaccinations, parasite prevention and proper nutrition, these routine examinations include regular physical checkups to give your pet the best chance at excellent lifelong health.
When you bring your pet in for their regular checkup, we can prevent health issues from developing in your pet, or catch them early, when they are most treatable.
The vet will give your pet a thorough physical examination to get a complete picture of his or her overall health. An exam includes the following elements:
Your pet's general demeanor and physical condition can provide clues to their overall health. How they stand and walk, level of alertness and whether they are at a healthy weight for their size are all important indicators.
We will check your pet's skin and coat for signs of problems, including oiliness or dryness, lumps, bumps, dandruff or abnormal hair loss or shedding.
Your pet's eyes, ears and nose will be examined for any abnormalities or discharge. We'll also check the mouth for symptoms of oral health problems such as plaque buildup or periodontal disease.
Heart rate and rhythm, pulse and blood pressure are vitally important to your pet's heart health. We'll test these to ensure they're normal. The lungs will then be examined for evidence of abnormal breathing.
Lymph nodes will also be checked for pain or swelling.
We'll also examine the abdomen to ensure the intestines, kidneys, bladder, spleen, liver and stomach all feel normal, and that your pet is not exhibiting any signs of discomfort.
Puppies and kittens need proper medical attention in their first few weeks of life to get off to a good start.
We'll give your furry friend a complete physical examination, appropriate immunizations, and deworming. We will also test for intestinal parasites. You'll be provided with a puppy or kitten kit filled with educational material to help you care for the newest member of your family, along with samples.
Please never hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have about caring for your new pet, both at your appointments or following your visits.
Once your pet's initial appointment is complete, you'll return periodically for his or her required booster shots.
Due to advances in veterinary medical knowledge and care, newer therapies and better nutrition, our senior pets are living longer than ever.
As your pet ages, regular examinations become increasingly important to ensure their health and longevity.
In addition to routine wellness procedures we perform on adult pets, we will give special attention to your senior pet's age-related conditions such as arthritis or decreased vision. Additional laboratory tests will also provide information about your pet's overall health.