wellness examinations ft. washington vet

Wellness Examinations

Wellness exams are recommended annually for both cats & dogs!

In preparation for this exam, please bring a small “same day” fecal sample for potential parasitic testing.

Before the exam, please let us know if you have questions or concerns so we can make a well informed evaluation of your pet.

  • Check body weight and temperature.
  • Look at the eyes, ears, and nose.
  • Check the lymph nodes.
  • Look in the mouth to assess the health of the teeth and gums.
  • Evaluate the heart and lungs.
  • Feeling the abdomen to check the internal organs including the kidneys and liver
  • Evaluate the muscles, spine and joints.
  • Testing for heartworm and tick-borne illnesses

After the exam we carefully document our findings and provide recommendations for any problems we uncover.

Note: A current Rabies vaccination is required by law in Pennsylvania; this applies to housecats as well as to dogs. Our hospital carries both 1 and 3 years Rabies vaccines for cats; speak with your veterinarian about the best option for your cat – even if your cat receives the 3 year vaccine, we strongly urge clients to bring their cat in annually for an examination. During this yearly exam we can catch even subtle changes to your cat’s health and hopefully prevent an asymptomatic cat from developing a condition that would be difficult to manage if we only see that pet once every 3 years.

Starting Spring 2018, Ft. Washington Vet began offering Junior and Senior Wellness Screening Tests! Screening tests not only allow us to identify conditions before any signs are present, they also provide information on what is “normal” for your pet and allows doctors to quickly evaluate changes to your pet’s biology. See below for the test components for your pet’s life-stage and ask your veterinarian for details during your next annual exam.