Ever wonder what the veterinarian is looking for when examining your cat during a visit?
Here are the major body systems (from nose to tail) that the veterinarian is checking out and what they are looking for on the exam:
- Nose: Clear nostrils; signs of nasal discharge
- Eyes: Signs of disease; discharge or tearing; abnormal movement or reaction to light
- Ears: Signs of ear infection (pain, tenderness, redness, swelling, “yeasty smell”, and discharge); ear mites
- Mouth: Signs of periodontal disease in teeth and gums; lumps; bad breath
- Lymph Nodes and Thyroid Glands: Any irregularities or changes in size
- Heart: Weak or abnormal heart sounds; an abnormally fast or slow rate; irregular beats
- Lungs: Wheezing; crackling; or other abnormal lung sounds
- Coat, Skin and Nails: Poor overall quality of coat; lumps and bumps; rashes; areas of hair loss of excessive dander; matted or saliva stained fur; fleas or ticks; callouses; overgrown or ingrown toenails; dehydration
- Abdomen: Any irregularities in the margins of the liver, spleen, kidneys and bladder; masses or tumors; thickened intestines
- Legs: Limited range of motion in all limbs; signs of pain or discomfort; grinding sounds in joints
- Base of Tail: Any abscesses; abnormalities in anal glands; fecal mats; evidence of soft stools; growths; parasites like tapeworm segments and flea dirt
Yearly physical exams are important to your cat’s health. Give us a call at (757) 466-9151 to schedule your cat’s physical exam today!