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Examinations

All pets benefit from routine physical exams, even if they appear seemingly healthy! Pets are adept at masking signs of disease and illness, and while we hope your pet is always feeling their best, we take our role as your pet's veterinarian seriously. Your friends at the Animal Medical Clinic of Gulf Gate are highly experienced to confirm that your pet is in prime physical condition and mental wellbeing.

By visiting us once or twice a year, even if everything seems okay at home, we are able to maximize the health of your pet by catching small signs of illness and disease that may easily go unnoticed. This way, treatment can begin in early stages with the least amount of pain to your pet and less expense to you, and treatment outcomes are much better the sooner a condition is addressed.

Annual wellness visits, at minimum, are the universal recommendation for all pets under our care. Pets that are seniors, puppies, kittens, or living with a health condition benefit from visiting us at least twice a year so we can keep a closer eye on changing health trends and help guide them on the road to wellness.

Our medical team has years of experience assessing a pet's overall health in the exam room. We will check your pet from nose-to-tail, and discuss what's going well and if any areas of concern need addressed in the best interest of your companion's health and happiness. Diagnostic recommendations are recommended on a case-by-case basis, and will shine light on issues unseen by the naked eye.

In the exam room, a complete physical examination will assess the health of the:

  • Eyes, ears and nose
  • Teeth and gums
  • Skin and coat
  • Joints and muscles
  • Abdominal region
  • Weight and body composition
  • Heartbeat and respiratory rate
  • Temperature

An annual fecal examination is recommended to ensure your pet is free of intestinal parasites that are harmful to their health. If possible, bring a fresh stool sample to your pet's routine examination. If parasites are detected, we will discuss treatment options with you.

Come ready with any questions or concerns you may have about your pet's general health and behavior! We are always here to offer insight into your pet's unique health considerations, as well as provide education and advice surrounding how to be the best pet parent. Together, we can help give your pet the best health - physically, behaviorally, emotionally, and mentally.

We often hear the following common questions from our clients. Consider the following:

  • How many hours per day is your pet home alone?
  • Is your pet friendly towards other animals and people?
  • Does your pet enjoy playtime?
  • Does your pet have a comfortable place to sleep?
  • Does your pet have any phobias and anxieties?

If you have questions about your pet's health that may be better addressed with a specialist or at another facility, we are prepared to offer recommendations that we trust in the local area.