Your pet's annual wellness exam includes a total physical exam, starting with a thorough investigation of your pet's head, body and tail. All of your pet's assorted cavities will also be thoroughly checked. Sometimes even the most cooperative pet may not readily partake in teeth and gum brushing, an annual dental cleaning by your veterinarian maybe suggested to maintain your pet's oral health. Like you, your pet can lose their teeth due to decay and neglect. We do recommend keeping accurate medical records not only of the procedures and vaccinations your pet receives at the vet, but also of notes on things like your pet's elimination habits, any physical changes and or any unusual occurrences. Keep track of small changes in your pet's behavior, including urinary marking habits, mood swings along with diet and routine modifications. Bring this notebook along when you visit the vet. These seemingly unrelated occurrences may help explain some of the results from your pet's medical tests. Also, if you need to change vets, it's good to have this journal to provide a complete medical history.
Choose a veterinarian who is calm, compassionate and willing to explain all the procedures your pet undergoes. Try to find a vet with whom both you and your pet feel comfortable with. Try to make it as convenient as possible as your pet will pick up on your stress. Choose a clinic with qualified staff and facilities to undertake surgery and perform procedures requiring anesthesia. With the general risks inherent to anesthesia, especially for very old, very young or very ill pets, your veterinarian will likely suggest a few exams, including a chest X-ray and lab work of blood and urine, before your pet is anesthetized. Depending on your pet and the procedure being performed an IV drip may be required as well as antibiotics before and after the procedure.
Your veterinarian may refer you to a veterinarian specialist who has completed advanced studies in special areas such as internal medicine, surgery, and emergency care. This would be done to provide the best care for your pet's specific needs if it requires a procedure of precise knowledge and experience.