Exams and Consultation of your pet by a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine is crucial to their
health. We offer thorough physical examinations at West Russell Animal Hospital so that we
can detect any potential problems before they become major problems. There are many pet
health problems that can be avoided through regular physical exams, which is why we
recommend that your pet has at least one examination per year. While physical exams are
critical to animal health, you can do your part too by being a vigilant pet owner. If you notice
any irregularities with your pet, take detailed notes and bring him or her to West Russell
Animal Hospital for an examination.

What exactly does a physical exam include?
A physical examination includes the external evaluation of your pet from nose to tail,
ensuring their ears, eyes, mouth, teeth, skin, limbs, joints do not appear abnormal.
The doctor will also listen to your pet’s heart and lungs and feel their abdomen and
lymph nodes.

If something abnormal is noted additional focused tests may be recommended to better
diagnose and treat your pet.