What Exactly Is Your Vet Examining?

When your pet goes to his/her vet, you may wonder what they’re looking for when they do an exam. This list will give you a general idea. Of course, you should always feel free to ask questions. Remember YOU are your pets best advocate!

Eyes: Discharge, tearing, abnormal movement or reaction to light, eyelid abnormalities, retinal disease.

Ears: Pain or tenderness, redness, swelling, odor, mites.

Mouth: Signs of periodontal disease, bad breath, abnormal growths.

Coat, skin, nails: Quality of coat, flaking, hair loss, matted or stained fur, lumps, bumps, rashes, dehydration, overgrown or broken nails.

Lymph Nodes: Any irregularities or change in size.

Lungs: Crackles, wheezes, or other abnormal sounds.

Heart: Weak or abnormal sounds, fast or slow heart rate, irregular beats.

Abdomen: Irregularities in the margins of the liver, spleen, kidneys, and bladder. Masses or tumors, thickened intestines.

Base of tail: Abscesses, evidence of soft stool, growths, parasites (like tapeworm segments), flea dirt.

Legs: Limited range of motion, staggering, signs of pain or discomfort, grinding sound or feel in joints, luxations.