What to Expect During Routine Dog Exams
Routine dog exams are vital to your dog’s health and wellness but can also be a bit stressful. If you are a first-time pet owner, you may be anxious about what will happen and how long the examination will take. Luckily, the exams are pretty straightforward and don’t last long if well prepared. Our team at Aloha Animal Hospital in Vista helps pet owners with dog examinations and check-ups. Below, we have prepared a short guide discussing what happens during the routine visit and how you can adequately prepare for the session.
What Happens During Your Dog’s Routine Check-up?
When you take your dog for an exam, one of our veterinarians will ask a few questions about your pet’s health and history. Does the dog have underlying health conditions? Ideally, you should bring the dog’s health record book for quick reference.
The veterinarian will then take the dog and carry out the following wellness exams:
- Listen to the dog's heartbeat
- Measure the dog's weight
- Check the dog's temperature
- Examine the teeth, tongue, and mouth for any sores or abnormal changes
- Examine the eyes for possible tearing, redness, swelling, discharge, or other eye problems
- Examine the dog's coat for wounds, dandruff, or hair loss
- Check the nails for any damage or signs of underlying health conditions
- Examine ears for common ear infections
- Check the lungs and chest using a stethoscope
- Carefully examine the abdomen and internal organs
The exam can take thirty minutes if the dog cooperates well or slightly longer if other issues need immediate attention. Nevertheless, you should coordinate with the veterinarian to save time and make the dog more comfortable.
How to Prepare for a Routine Dog Exam
Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your pet’s routine dog exam.
- Create a list of the concerns and questions you want the veterinarian to address.
- Book an appointment on time and ensure the receptionist knows you will be coming for a dog exam.
- Make a list of what you feed your pet, underlying health conditions, and other vital details regarding the pet. You can carry health records and take a picture of the medications the pet is using.
- Confirm whether you should fast your dog or collect its stool before the exam.
Carefully adhere to the vet's instructions to have a smooth time during the routine dog exam.
Visit Aloha Animal Hospital for a Routine Dog Exam
Your dog needs regular exams to keep up with vaccinations, identify early signs of diseases, and prevent them while it’s still early. Aloha Animal Hospital offers professional pet care services, including dog exams in Vista, CA. Call our team today at (760) 724-8313 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.