Regular routine exams from our Sacramento vets ensure your cat or dog is in good health and help to prevent serious issues before they begin.

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The Importance of Preventive Care

Regular exams are key to your pet's long-term and well-being. They allow your Sacramento vet to assess your pet's health and detect any medical issues early while they are most treatable. 

Think of us as your veterinary wellness center! We combine routine exams with regular vaccinations, parasite preventive measures, and nutritional counseling to give your cat or dog the best chance at excellent lifelong health. 

Routine care should start as early as the puppy or kitten stage and continue into your pet's geriatric years. We also offer unlimited exams for one year. Contact us to learn more.

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Cat & Dog Wellness Exams, Sacramento

What to Expect During Your Pet's Physical

At Sacramento, we make routine wellness exams an essential part of our regimen to keep your pet happy and healthy. Your cat or dog's wellness exam will include the following elements:

General Condition

Your cat or dog's general demeanor and physical condition can provide clues to 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.

Coat & Skin

During your pet's wellness exam, 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. 

Internal Health

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. 

During your pet's wellness exam, we will also complete bloodwork to screen for any further internal issues. 

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. At this time we will also offer nutritional counseling to ensure your pet is getting the nutritional requirements they need for their age, breed, and size. 

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. 

Let South Sacramento Pet Hospital be your new pet wellness center. We will give your new best friend a complete physical examination, the appropriate vaccinations, and deworming medication. We will also test them for an array of parasites that could cause serious health issues. 

To help get you started with your new pet we will provide you with a puppy or kitten 'kit' filled with educational materials and samples to help you care for the newest member of your family. 

Once your puppy or kitten's checkup is complete, you'll return periodically for his or her required booster shots

Should you have any questions or concerns about caring for your new pet, please don't hesitate to reach out and ask us. 

Seniors

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 cat or dog surpasses middle age, regular wellness exams 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 cat or dog's routine exam at our Sacramento animal hospital, your vet will also let you know if your pet is due for any routine vaccinations or preventive care.

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