The Importance of Preventive Care
Regular wellness exams help your pet maintain good long-term physical health.
When you bring your dog or cat in for their routine vet checkup in San Gabriel, we can prevent health issues from developing in your pet, or catch them early, when they are most treatable.
We combine wellness exams with regular vaccination and parasite prevention to give your pet the best chance at excellent lifelong health.
Our San Gabriel vets also offer nutritional counseling to help ensure your pet's nutritional requirements are being met.
What to Expect During Your Pet's Physical
Your San Gabriel vet will give your dog or cat a thorough physical checkup in order to get a complete picture of his or her overall health. Routine wellness exams at our animal clinic include the following elements:
Our San Gabriel vets will assess your pet's general demeanor and physical condition to get clues about their overall health. How they stand and walk, their level of alertness, and whether they are a healthy weight for their size are all important indicators of overall health.
Dermatological Conditions (Skin & Coat)
During your dog or cat's checkup, we will examine your dog or cat's skin and coat for signs of problems, including oiliness or dryness, lumps, bumps, dandruff, or abnormal hair loss or shedding.
Many pets suffer from chronic skin issues. Our vets are experienced in pet dermatology and can assess their condition and make recommendations for treatment options or further testing to get to the bottom of your furry friend's skin issues.
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.
We will also examine their lymph nodes, abdomen, and other internal systems such as the liver and kidneys to make sure they feel normal and your pet is not exhibiting any signs of swelling or discomfort.
Review of Findings
At the end of your pet's routine wellness exam, your vet will take the time to discuss any concerns they may have about your pet's overall health and answer any questions you have.
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.
During your new friend's first kitten or puppy wellness exam, we'll give your new best friend a complete physical examination, the 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.
Once your puppy or kitten's checkup is complete, we'll set up a schedule with you to return periodically for his or her required booster shots.
With recent advances in veterinary medical knowledge and care, as well as newer therapies and better nutrition, senior pets are living longer than ever.
While 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.
Your vet may recommend additional laboratory tests for aging pets to provide more detailed information about your senior pet's overall health and wellbeing.
Vaccinations & Prevention
During your veterinary dog or cat checkup at our San Gabriel animal hospital, your vet will also let you know if your pet is due for any routine vaccinations or parasite preventive measures.