The Importance of Preventive Care
Routine wellness exams are a key part of helping your pet to maintain good long term physical health and well-being
When combined with regular vaccinations, parasite prevention and proper nutrition, routine wellness exams give our vets a chance to conduct regular physical checkups and more to ensure your pet gets their best chance at lifelong health.
When bringing in your dog or cat to us for their routine checkup, we are able to prevent health issues from even developing in your pet, or to catch them early and at their most treatable.
What to Expect During Your Pet's Physical
Your Moreno Valley vet will give your dog or cat a thorough physical checkup in order to get a complete picture of his or her overall health. Routine wellness exams at our animal clinic include the following elements:
Your pet'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 checkup, 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.
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
Puppies and kittens require proper medical attention throughout their critical first year of life, especially in the first few weeks, in order to start their lives on the right foot.
We will provide your new best friend with a comprehensive physical examination, appropriate immunizations and deworming medication. We will also test your kitten or puppy for intestinal parasites.
We offer Puppy and Kitten Packages filled with education materials and allowing you to ensure that your new pet's preventative care is accounted for throughout their first year.
Don't hesitate to contact us with any concerns or questions you may have about caring for your new family member, whether that is at one of your appointments, or following your visits.
Once your puppy or kitten's checkup is complete, you'll return periodically for his or her required booster shots.
With recent advancements in nutrition and veterinary medicine, as well as new and innovative therapies, senior pets are now living longer than they ever have in the past.
This is excellent news for pets and their owners! However, it does meant that special attention must be given to your pet's routine healthcare as they grow older. As your pet grows beyond middle age, routine examinations will become increasingly important to ensuring their continuing health, comfort 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
In the course of your pet's vet checkup at our Moreno Valley veterinary clinic, your vet will check whether or not your companion requires any preventative care (such as parasite prevention or vaccinations).