WHAT TO EXPECT
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Your pet's annual wellness exam will include a total physical exam, with a thorough investigation of your pet's head, body and tail, and all his assorted cavities. Not all pet’s are in favor for regular tooth brushing so an annual teeth cleaning may be in order. Like you, pet’s loose teeth due to decay and neglect. Some pet parents find a medical diary of procedures and vaccinations help them keep track of the care their pet has received as well as notes on things like your pet's elimination habits and any physical changes or unusual occurrences. Small shifts in your pet's behavior, including urinary marking habits and mood swings, along with diet and routine modifications can be signals of developing health issues. Take this notebook when you visit the vet. These seemingly unrelated occurrences may help explain results of your pet's medical tests.
Choose a veterinarian who is calm, compassionate and willing to explain all the procedures your pet undergoes. Try to find a vet with whom both you and your pet feel comfortable. Try to have it convenient, choose a clinic with qualified staff and facilities to undertake surgery and perform procedures requiring anesthesia, such as teeth cleaning. Because of the general risks inherent to anesthesia, especially for very old, very young or very ill pets, your veterinarian will likely suggest a few exams, including a chest X-ray and lab work of blood and urine, before your pet is anesthetized. During the procedure he might need an IV drip; antibiotics may be necessary before and after.
Dr. Spence may refer you to a specialist, veterinarians who have completed advanced studies in specialties such as internal medicine, surgery, and emergency care, if your pet must undergo a procedure that requires more precise knowledge and experience.