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Cat & Dog Checkups in Southgate

Routine exams from our Southgate vets focus on preventive care for your cat, dog, or exotic pet. These exams are pet checkups that help ensure your animal is in good health.

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Routine Veterinary Checkups

Pet wellness exams are critical to helping your pet maintain good health and high overall performance. 

Combined with regular vaccinations, parasite prevention, and proper nutrition, routine exams give your pet the best chance at excellent lifelong health. 

When you bring your pet in for their routine checkup, we can prevent health issues from developing in your pet, or catch them early when they are most treatable. 

Cat after checkup at Southgate

What to Expect During Your Pet's Physical Exam

Your Southgate vet will give your cat, dog, or exotic pet a thorough physical checkup to get a complete picture of his or her overall health. Routine wellness exams at our animal clinic include the following elements:

General Condition

Your pet's general demeanor and physical condition can provide clues to its overall health. Important signs of overall health include how they stand/walk, alertness, and whether they are a healthy weight for their size.

Coat & Skin

During your pet's checkup, we will examine your dog or cat's skin and coat for signs of problems, including excessive oiliness or dryness, lumps, bumps, dandruff, or abnormal hair loss or shedding.

Face & Head

Your pet's eyes, ears, and nose will be examined for abnormalities or discharge.

We will also check the mouth for symptoms of oral health problems such as plaque buildup and periodontal disease. 

Internal Health

Heart rate, rhythm, pulse, and blood pressure are vitally important to your pet's heart health. We'll test these to ensure they're normal. The lungs will also be examined for evidence of abnormal breathing. 

Lymph nodes will be checked for pain or swelling, and we will also examine the abdomen to ensure the intestines, kidneys, bladder, spleen, liver, and stomach all feel normal, and that your pet is not exhibiting any signs of discomfort. 

Review of Findings

At the end of your pet's routine wellness exam, your vet will take the time to discuss any concerns they may have about your pet's overall health and talk to you about your dog or cat's nutritional requirements. 

Vet Checkups for Puppies & Kittens

Puppies and kittens need proper medical attention in their first few weeks of life to get off to a healthy start. 

We'll give your new best friend a complete physical examination, appropriate immunizations, and deworming medication. We will also test for intestinal parasites. 

Your vet will take time to share tips and provide guidance on caring for the newest member of your family.

Please never hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have about caring for your new pet, both at your appointments or following your visits.

Once your puppy or kitten's checkup is complete, you'll return periodically for his or her required booster shots


With recent advances in veterinary medical knowledge and care, as well as newer therapies and better nutrition, senior pets are living longer than ever.

While this is terrific news for pets and their owners, it means that special attention needs to be given to your pet's routine healthcare as they age. As your pet surpasses middle age, regular examinations become increasingly crucial to ensure their continuing health and longevity. 

In addition to the routine wellness procedures we perform on all adult pets, we will give special attention to your senior pet's potential geriatric conditions, such as arthritis or decreased vision.

Additional laboratory tests may be recommended for aging pets to provide more detailed information about your senior pet's overall health and well-being.

Pain Management in Southgate

If your cat or dog has sustained an injury, undergone surgery, or suffers from arthritis or another painful condition, cold laser therapy may be an ideal, non-invasive option to reduce your pet's pain, inflammation, and swelling.

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New Patients Welcome

Southgate Animal Hospital is accepting new patients! Our experienced vets are passionate about the health of Southgate companion animals. Get in touch today to book your pet's first appointment.

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