At your pet's initial appointment, your Vista Veterinary Hospital veterinarian will obtain a complete medical history which will provide a baseline against which future changes in signs and symptoms may be compared. A thorough physical examination will then be performed by the doctor, who will check for external parasites, proper development of the eyes, ears and teeth as well as internal organ systems and hereditary or nutritional defects.
To preserve optimal health, it is generally recommended that your pet receives an annual physical examination. Appropriate vaccinations, laboratory tests and medications to prevent disease may be recommended. Should a diagnosis of your pet's condition by your veterinarian indicate further medical intervention is desirable, you will be provided the information necessary to understand the doctor's findings and the time to discuss your animal's condition.