A Veterinary Consultation
Whenever you come to see the vet either for a routine check up or with a sick pet it gives you a chance to discuss any issues you may have with your pet with the vett.
A physical examination gives us invaluable information in making a diagnosis in an unwell pet - it is a full multisensory experience for us.
Not only do we get a chance for you to describe what you are worried about but by using our eyes (to look at your pet all over, to assess gait etc), our hearing (for breath and heart sounds), our hands (to examine abdomen, any lumps and bumps, joint flexion & effusions, feel pulses etc) and our noses (so useful in ear disease!) we can get a good idea of what is going on. (We have all learnt to keep our mouths closed when emptying anal glands as taste is one sense we try not to use!) . In a pet with intermittent signs of collapse/ siezures etc then it can be very useful if you can bring videos along as well. Our scales may not be very high tech but they can be very useful to document weight loss that owners haven't noticed.
We have plenty of useful kit and tools in our well stocked surgery to aid our physical examination - obviously thermometer and stethascope for a basic examination - instruments to look down ears and into the back of the eyes, instruments to check reflexes and then more sophisticated equipment should we need it eg measuring blood pressure, pressure within the eyeball, radiography, ultrasonography, electrocardiography and endoscopy. Blood and urine tests can help investigate some of the less visible issues. Examining aspirates from lumps & muck from ears under the microscope, usually while you wait can help us choose the most appropriate treatments.
What else can we do for you?
Our range of services consists not only veterinary examinations. We are happy to advise you on any questions you may have on the best practice of in keeping, caring for and feeding animals. Make an appointment – we will be there for you.