To ensure a proper diagnosis, we need to thoroughly examine your pet. At CVH we adhere to, not just talk about good medical practices. Clinical excellence dictates that we are careful and meticulous in every examination, assessing all aspects of your pet’s health and documenting all findings in the form of detailed medical records.
The Canadian Veterinary Hospital veterinarians begin a medical assessment by looking at your pet’s eyes, ears, and skin and checking his or her cardiovascular, respiratory, neurological, gastrointestinal, and skeletal systems for any abnormalities.
If indicated, the vet may recommend and discuss with you blood and/or urine tests to check your pet’s kidneys, liver, pancreas, urinary tract, and endocrine system, often including the thyroid and adrenal glands. Based on your history and your pet’s condition, the veterinarian may suggest further diagnostic tests, such as radiography (x-rays), ultrasound, or biopsy.
In any assessment it is very important to obtain a detailed history. As your pet can not speak for themselves, the information you can provide is a huge help to both your veterinarian and your pet. An accurate history can help pin point the problem sooner, and often with less tests.
Orthopaedics is just one area where a proper history helps your veterinarian in assessing your pet. Orthopedic problems can be painful and affect quality of life, so screening for these disorders should be included during medical assessments and wellness examinations. Subtle changes noted at home may be your pets way of telling you there is a more serious problem. These observations, can lead to early identification and management of problems, and can dramatically impact the progression of some orthopedic conditions. It is our job to educate clients on how to recognize orthopedic problems early. We can also explain the benefits of supplements, medications, nutritional modification and specific exercise plans to improve the quality of life for your pet.
If you’re concerned that something may be wrong with your pet, please call us to schedule a medical assessment. Depending on the symptoms, we may ask you to bring in your pet right away.