The Importance of Preventive Care
You can help your pet maintain great long-term physical health by bringing them in for annual or twice yearly routine wellness exams at Lake Norman at Mooresville Animal Hospital.
Combined with proper nutrition, regular vaccinations, and parasite prevention, these routine checkups include regular physical examinations to offer your pet the best chance at good lifelong health.
When we see your dog or cat for their routine checkup, we can recommend preventive care to protect your pet against a range of parasites and contagious conditions, and check for any developing health concerns to begin treatment in the earliest possible stages.
What to Expect From Your Pet's Vet Checkup in Mooresville
When you bring your pet in for a dog checkup or cat checkup at Lake Norman at Mooresville Animal Hospital your vet will give your pet a thorough physical examination to get a complete picture of their overall health. Routine wellness exams at our veterinary clinic include the following elements:
Your pet's general demeanor and physical condition can provide your vet with vital clues to your animal's overall health. How they stand and walk, their level of alertness, and whether they are at a healthy weight are all important indicators of overall health.
Coat & Skin
During your pet's checkup, we will examine your dog or cat's skin and coat for signs of problems, including excessive oiliness or dryness, lumps, bumps, dandruff, or abnormal hair loss or shedding.
Face & Head
Your pet's eyes, ears, and nose will be examined for abnormalities or discharge. We will 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 be checked for pain or swelling, and we will 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.
Review of Findings
Once your pet's routine wellness exam is complete, your vet will take the time to discuss any concerns they may have about your pet's overall health and talk to you about your dog or cat's nutritional requirements.
Checkups for Puppies & Kittens
Puppies and kittens need proper medical attention in their first few weeks of life to get off to a healthy start.
We'll give your new best friend a complete physical examination, appropriate immunizations, and deworming medication. We will also test for intestinal parasites. You'll be provided with a puppy or kitten 'kit' filled with educational material and samples to help you care for the newest member of your family.
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.
Advances in veterinary medical knowledge and care, as well as newer therapies and better nutrition, mean that senior pets are now living longer than ever.
Although this is terrific news for pets and their owners, it means that special attention needs to be given to your pet's routine healthcare as they age. As your pet surpasses middle age, regular examinations become increasingly crucial to ensure their continuing health and longevity.
In addition to the routine wellness procedures we perform on all adult pets, we will give special attention to your senior pet's potential geriatric conditions, such as arthritis or decreased vision.
Additional laboratory tests may be recommended for aging pets to provide more detailed information about your senior pet's overall health and wellbeing.
Vaccinations & Prevention
During your pet's vet checkup at our Mooresville animal hospital, our team will also check whether your animal requires preventive care, or if they are due for any routine vaccinations.