At Athenry Pet Clinic, we recommend bringing your pet in to our vets at least once a year for a full-body examinations.
At this annual check-up, we recommend your pet receives an annual vaccination (see ‘dog or cat healthcare sections on our website). We would also check that your pet is at their ideal weight and no health problems have arisen since your last visit.
Ideally, we would see your pet twice-a-year exams as this ensures a higher level of preventive health care. It is during these comprehensive physical exams that all health variables are evaluated together to better assess your pet’s immediate health care needs.
Why Twice a Year?
The early phases of a serious illness condition can develop quickly and quietly inside a perfectly healthy-looking dog or cat. Remember that dogs and cats age far more quickly than we do and so are becoming middle-aged by their 4th birthday.
Frequent monitoring combined with a physical exam including blood tests where necessary help us to identify any medical issues before they become more difficult to address and before your pet experiences any discomfort.
Detecting a problem early also helps ensure a better prognosis, more simple treatment, an earlier recovery and reduced medical expenses.
What does the Physical Exam consist of?
The physical examinations conducted at Athenry Pet Clinic provide an in-depth assessment of your pet’s overall health and help establish important baselines during a meticulous inspection of your pet which includes:
- Ear and Eye Examination
- Cardiopulmonary (Heart and Lung) analysis
- Temperature Reading
- Abdominal Palpation
- Dental Exam
- Dermatological Exam
- Musculoskeletal Evaluation
- Weight & nutrition counseling
- Coat & skin evaluation
- Behavioral counseling
- Preventative healthcare evaluation including flea and worm regimes
For you and your pet’s convenience we operate an appointment based system. This is to eliminate long waiting times in the waiting room. Please phone us on (091) 844 085 for an appointment and we will facilitate your requirements.
As part of all check-ups, we record all medical, surgical, dietary and other important information in order to build up a detailed record of your pet’s health for future reference.