Do you have a new puppy or kitten, a newly-adopted adult pet, or a senior citizen furbaby? At Riverside Animal hospital, we recommend annual exams for those under the age of seven, and biannual exams for your senior pets.
A routine exam can help to make sure that your pet remains healthy. If there is a problem, a yearly exam helps to catch it early, which can be crucial in management and treatment.
What do I bring to the exam?
- Stool sample
- Urine sample if your pet is showing signs of:
- Increased thirst
- Excessive urination
- Blood in the urine
- List of medications, type of food, heart worm presentative, flea and tick preventative
- Prior vaccination and medical history records if your pet has received care from another veterinary practice
- List of unusual behavior, such as:
- Excessive eating, drinking, panting, scratching, or urination
- Weight gain or loss
- Sudden change in exercise routine or energy
- List of questions you may have
If you are a new client, please plan to arrive 10–15 minutes early.
During a pet wellness visit, the veterinarian will examine the following areas for abnormalities:
- Vital statistics (weight, temperature, pulse, and breathing rate)
- Mouth (including teeth and gums)
- Heart and lungs
- Reproductive organs
- Head to toe assessment searching for organ problems, tumors, pain, or any conditions of the joints, muscles, or lymph nodes
- Wellness blood work (which can include a blood test which tests for heartworm, Lyme disease and two other tick-born commonly found in New England)
The veterinarian will make recommendations of vaccines, other diagnostic tests, diet and address any other concerns you may have. For questions, or to book your pet's next exam, call us at (401) 433-2070!
Dr. Anna Portnoy is Chief of Staff at Riverside Animal Hospital. She has a special interest in small animal dermatology, surgery, and large animal ruminant medicine.