Our veterinarians at Hoegemeyer Animal Clinic in Kerrville, Texas, recommend all pet owners to schedule their pets for a complete physical exam at least once a year, although checkup exams are encouraged for every 6 months. Since pets are unable to tell us exactly how they feel, routine exams are one of the best ways to ensure that your pet stays in good health.
A veterinary exam allows us to form a picture of your pet's overall health, as well as being able to recognize certain issues. As your partner in maintaining your pet’s health, Hoegemeyer Animal Clinic welcomes questions about your pet’s diet, their preventive and daily care, and exercise habits. There isn’t a question that is too small or too silly. We enjoy taking in your concerns and addressing them properly. We want you to be informed and feel comfortable in helping your pet live a longer, healthier and happier life.
Provide nutritional counseling.
Consult with you on your pet’s behavior, appetite, exercise habits, and regular activities at home.
Discuss heartworm, flea, tick and parasite control.
Listen to your pet's heart. Heart murmurs, arrhythmias and signs of heart disease can be detected with a stethoscope.
Feel joints and muscles - By feeling and moving the joints and limbs, we can detect swollen joints, decreased muscle tone and variations in muscle size. In young pets, we will look for developmental issues, and in our older dogs, we detect signs of arthritis.
Examine your pet's teeth and mouth - Dental disease is the most common disease in pets. Examining your pet's teeth and mouth allows us to determine the level of infection or impaction. Puppies and kittens also need to be checked to ensure their teeth are developing properly.
Evaluate your pet's eyes - Ocular conditions can be prevented by regular care and screenings. We look for dry eyes, corneal ulcers, cataracts, and glaucoma.
Look into your pet's ears - We check for redness, ear mites, odor or discharge or other indications of ear infections. Allergies and outdoor activities may be a cause for irritation.
Feel the skin, lymph nodes and abdomen - We feel for lumps, swellings, bumps skin discolorations, lesions or patterns of hair loss or thinning. These may be signs of systemic problems or metabolic diseases.
Listen to their pet's lungs - By listening to your pet's lungs with a stethoscope, we can detect infections and diseases and assess the overall pulmonary health of your pet.
Perform blood & lab tests - A comprehensive annual physical exam should include a heartworm test, blood and urine tests. These basic tests give us an outline of your pet’s health and may lead to underlying diseases.
Screen for parasites - A recommended fecal examination allows us to check for parasites or worms.
Scheduling a wellness exam for your pet is simple. Give us a call at Hoegemeyer Animal Clinic in Kerrville, Texas today for the most comprehensive wellness exams available!