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At Coastland Veterinary Hospital, we believe that preventative care is the best way to keep your pet healthy and happy. Regular physical examinations can help identify any concerns before they become a serious problem. These visits also provide the opportunity to get to know you and discuss any questions or concerns that you may have about your pet. This is important to us because, as we see it, we are all on the same team, with the goal of optimizing your pet’s ultimate physical health and emotional happiness.

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What happens during a puppy/kitten’s first visit to the veterinary exam?

We get your puppy or kitten started off in the right direction by offering nutritional advice, training information and exercise recommendations. A vaccine appointment includes a full exam health check. We will also send you home with a “puppy pack” or “kitty pack” that is full of useful information about spay/neutering, deworming, vaccine guide, a free trial of pet insurance, and a special gift for your pet!

What happens during an annual exam and vaccine visit?

By knowing you and your pet’s lifestyle we can recommend appropriate vaccinations. A thorough physical examination from whiskers to tail gives us the opportunity to assess your pet’s overall health. Remember, our pets age much faster than us humans! Annual check-ups allow us to monitor your pet’s physical health and allow us to get to know you and your pet on a more personal level.

How are senior dogs/cats/pets examined?

As our pets age they can develop lumps and bumps, arthritis, chronic pain, or one or more of a variety of ailments. An annual exam is so important for our older friends, and using our trained eyes and hands we can look for any changes from one year to the next. A diagnostic blood panel is usually conducted during these visits. This is a very valuable addition to the physical examination of your senior pet. Bloodwork aides in the detection of the many chronic ailments that can be well managed with early diagnosis. Many senior pets can experience pain and discomfort after doing an average day’s worth of exercise. Our veterinarians are skilled in the detection of pain. There are now many safe medication options as well as supplements and acupuncture that may aid in improving your pet’s quality of life.

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