Preventive Care for Better Pet Health
Wellness exams are critical to helping your pet maintain good long-term physical health.
Combined with regular vaccinations, parasite prevention and nutrition advice from our knowledgeable team, these routine examinations include regular physical checkups to give your pet the best chance at excellent lifelong health.
When you routinely bring your dog or cat in for wellness checks, we can prevent health issues from developing in your pet, or catch them early when they are most treatable.
What Happens During Your Pet's Physical
Your Long Beach vet will give your pet a thorough physical checkup to get a complete picture of their overall health. Routine wellness exams at our animal hospital examine the following:
Your pet's general demeanor and physical condition can provide clues to their overall health. Their stance and gait, their level of alertness, and their weight for their breed and size are all important indicators of overall health.
Coat & Skin
During your pet's checkup, we will examine their skin and hair/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 unusual 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 incredibly important indicators of 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.
Your vet will check your pet's lymph nodes 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 showing any signs of discomfort.
Review of Examination Findings
At the end of your pet's wellness exam, your vet will discuss any concerns they may have about your pet's overall health and talk to you about their nutritional requirements.
Spring Animal Hospital offers professional counseling for pet nutrition and reproductive/breeding health and concerns. Contact us to find out more information.
Puppy & Kitten Check-Ups
In order for kittens and puppies to have a healthy start to their lives, it's important for them to get proper medical attention.
We'll give your adorable new pet a complete physical examination, appropriate immunizations, and deworming medication. We will also test for intestinal parasites and 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 don't hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have about caring for your new pet!
Once your puppy or kitten's checkup is complete, you'll return periodically for their required booster shots.
Senior Pet Care
Due to recent advances in veterinary medical knowledge and care, new 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 passes 'middle age' for their species and breed, 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 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 wellness examination at our Long Beach animal hospital, your vet will check whether your animal requires preventive care, or if they are due for any routine vaccinations.