Dr Brodetsky Mobile Veterinary Service in Toronto

Physical examination and consultation

Why your YOUNG dog/cat needs an annual exam/consultation:
Evaluate for congenital heart, liver, or kidney problems
Check for retained deciduous teeth
Check for internal parasites/ deworm
Evaluate appropriate nutrition/weight
Discuss training concerns/behavior questions
Discuss risk of infectious diseases and recommend appropriate vaccination
Check for ear mites/infection/external parasites
Test for Feline Leukemia and FIV (cats only)

Why your ADULT dog/cat needs an annual exam/consultation:
Evaluate whether vaccination plan should be changed (some pets may only need vaccines every few years during their mid age years if exposure is low)
Check teeth for tartar buildup and gum inflammation
Evaluate weight/nutrition
Discuss training or behavior concerns
Check for ear infections and external parasites
Check for internal parasites (if warranted)
Heartworm testing and prevention (dogs)
Discuss preventative measures (glucosamine, wt mgmt, etc.) to plan for old age
Check for any skin problems, itching, masses, etc.

Why your GERIATRIC dog/cat needs an exam/consultation every 6 months:
Check weight/evaluate nutritional requirements
Check bloodwork for kidney, liver, thyroid, endocrine abnormalities, and check for white blood cell, red blood cell, and platelet abnormalities
Check urinalysis on dogs and cats with urinary, kidney, or diabetes problems
Check teeth for tartar buildup, gum inflammation, and loose teeth
Check ears for infection
Check for tumors on the skin and elsewhere
Check for heart murmurs, arrhythmias, and circulatory problems (blood pressure, etc.)
Check vision and hearing
Check for musculoskeletal problems (arthritis, muscle atrophy)
Evaluate for pain level/ pain control needs
Discuss behavior changes that may be associated with physiological changes or disease processes going on in the pet (loss of sight, senility, etc.)
Discuss changes which may be needed in the pet’s everyday environment
Evaluate contagious disease exposure and need for vaccination based on immune status