Laytonsville Veterinary Practice
Laytonsville Veterinary Practice

Examination

your pet’s path to wellness starts here

Our patients can’t tell us when they feel sick, so it’s important to have them examined on an annual basis to assess for any underlying disease

All of our doctors and technicians are Fear-Free certified to ensure your pet is calm and comfortable during their exam. Learn more about Fear-Free…

What are some of the things veterinarians look at during your annual comprehensive exam?

Weight: We will determine if your pet is overweight or underweight, then may test for any suspected diseases that may be contributing to weight change or recommend a weight loss plan that may include medication, diet change or other lifestyle adjustments.

Temperature: Your pets temperature can alert us to hidden medical issues such as infection and inflammation.

Eyes: Cataracts, blocked tear ducts, dry eye and glaucoma are all eye conditions that we see on a daily basis. If an eye issue is present, our vets can prescribe medications or refer you to an ophthalmologist.

Ears: Ear infections are one of the most commonly diagnosed ailments we see, and they often present without significant symptoms during routine exams. Often accompanied by scratching, redness or discharge, ear disease is treatable with medication, and sometimes surgery.

Skin: Patients that present with itchiness and skin issues can be assessed for a wide variety of ailments, including infection, allergies, mange, and even skin cancer. Many skin issues can be easily resolved with medication alone, while others require skin scrapes, bacterial or fungal cultures, hormone assays, and other diagnostics. Compared to a generation ago, we now have so many good options in treatments for itchy dogs and cats! Learn more about allergies…

Mouth: During your exam, your veterinarian will check your pet’s teeth, gums and throat. This part of the exam helps us identify dental disease like tooth root abscess, gingival disease, and tumors in the mouth. Research shows that dental health plays an important part in heart health, as well as kidney and liver function. Learn more about dentistry…

Heart and lungs: At each exam, we listen to your pet’s chest to check for for heart issues that may warrant additional diagnostics or referral to a cardiologist. Wheezing sounds or decreased air movement sounds may be indicators of bronchitis, pneumonia, airway obstructive diseases, or space-occupying masses within the chest.

Additionally, this allows us to monitor for irregular respiratory symptoms, which may be indicators of bronchitis, pneumonia or other infectious disease.

Lumps and bumps: Should your pet have grown any new masses, we may take a cellular sample to diagnose tumors and plan for removal and histopathology if necessary.

Anal glands: These paired glands on either side of the dog or cat’s anal opening produce a fishy-smelling fluid used for territorial marking. While they’re supposed to empty with each bowel movement, often they don’t, leading to infection, impaction, and even rupture of the gland through the skin. Scooting the rear end on the ground and licking under the tail are common signs of anal gland disease. Assessing the anal glands is part of the complete examination of your pet.

During your annual visit, we may also take a blood sample to check for diseases such as Heartworm or Lyme disease, which your pet can be infected with throughout the year. Learn more about routine testing …