The Importance of Preventive Care
Combined with appropriate nutrition, regular vaccinations and parasite prevention, these routine examinations cover regular physical checkups to offer your pet the best chance at exceptional lifelong health.
When you bring your cat or dog in for their routine checkup, we're able to prevent health issues from developing in your pet, or catch them early, when they are most treatable.
Your pet’s first exam is on the house at All Creatures Great and Small Animal Hospital. Get a certificate for your Free First Exam for your pet.
What to Expect During Your Pet's Physical
When your dog or cat visits one of our Fairfield, NJ vets, we will give them a thorough physical checkup to capture a complete picture of his or her overall health. Routine wellness exams at our animal hospital include these elements:
Were you aware that your pet's general demeanor and physical condition can provide clues to their overall health? How they walk and stand, whether they are a healthy weight for their size and their level of alertness all point to their overall health.
Coat & Skin
During your pet's checkup, we will examine your dog or cat's coat and skin for signs of issues, including dandruff, abnormal hair loss or shedding, lumps, bumps, or excessive oiliness or dryness.
Face & Head
The vet will examine your pet's ears, eyes and nose for discharge or other abnormalities. We'll also assess the roof of the mouth for signs 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
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 talk to you about your dog or cat's nutritional requirements.
Checkups for Puppies & Kittens
In their first few weeks of life, puppies and kittens need proper medical care to get off to a healthy start.
Your new furry friend will get a complete physical examination from one of our vets, along with appropriate immunizations and deworming medications. He or she will also be tested for intestinal parasites. You'll receive a puppy or kitten 'kit' full of educational material and samples to help you care for your newest family member.
Please feel free 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 has had the first checkup, you'll 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.
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
When we see your pet for their veterinary checkup at our animal hospital in Fairfield, NJ, the vet will also confirm whether your furry companion needs preventive care, or if they require any routine vaccinations.