Usually at the beginning of the exam, Dr Spink will take your pet’s temperature, pulse, respiration (breathing) rate and body weight. If your pet has lost weight since his last physical exam, he may be experiencing the early stages of metabolic disease, such as kidney disease or diabetes. If your pet has gained weight since his last exam, He will work with you to develop an appropriate diet and exercise plan to return your pet to a healthier weight. Weight is an important consideration in your pet’s health — an extra two or three pounds could mean the difference between your pet being fit and healthy or obese.
Dr Spink may ask if your pet has been shaking his head or scratching at his ears, and if you have noticed an odor coming from your pet’s ears. Your pet’s ear canals protect his inner ear, but can also become a home for parasites and other foreign objects. He will closely examine your pet’s ears to make sure they are healthy.
Eye examinations often reveal many health issues, including anemia, infections, glaucoma, cataracts, high blood pressure, jaundice, kidney problems and allergies, in addition to eye injuries and ulcers. Dr Spink may examine your cat’s eyes to evaluate her past and present nutritional condition. Observation of the inner structures and outward appearances of the eyes will be included in an eye examination.
Dr Spink will inspect your pet’s gums, teeth, tongue and palate (roof of the mouth) for tartar buildup, dental abnormalities, fractures, loose teeth, tumors, infection and other problems. For example, similar to people, a lack of red or pink color in your pet’s gums or lining of his lips could signal anemia. He will discuss the importance of regular at-home and professional teeth cleaning to prevent periodontal disease, which can cause bad breath and tooth loss.
Heart and Lungs
Dr Spink will use a stethoscope to listen to your pet’s heart and lungs for early signs of heart and respiratory disease.
If your pet has not been spayed or neutered, Dr Spink will discuss with you the many health benefits of spaying/neutering beyond just birth control. He will check your pet’s reproductive system for swellings, discharges and breast lumps.
Your pet’s skin is his largest organ and a good gauge of his health. Dr. Spink will check your pet’s skin and hair for fleas, ticks, other external parasites, tumors and wounds, as well as signs of allergies, infection, warts and tumors.
Diagnose and treat lesions and symptoms affecting the skin, hair, nails, mouth, and ear canals. Allergies are a very common cause of skin and ear problems in companion animals (dogs, cats).
From Head to Toe
Dr. Spink will feel your pet’s abdomen for abnormalities, including enlarged organs, masses or painful areas, to detect problems with the stomach, intestines, kidneys, liver and other organs. He will also examine your pet’s legs and feet and the condition of your pet’s joints, muscles, lymph nodes and nose.
He may recommend additional testing to diagnose or verify a health problem if he finds any abnormalities during your pet’s examination.
Health Certificates for In and Out of State sale or travel are available by appointment with the Doctor.
All Vaccinations and Exams of the Pet’s Health must be performed by Dr. Spink himself. (No Other Clinic Transfers.)