Vet check ups from our vets at Gluckstadt Animal Hospital focus on preventive care and early disease detection for your dog or cat. 

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The Importance of Preventive Care and Pet Check Ups

Once or twice yearly wellness exams play a key role in helping your pet maintain good health and high overall performance. 

When combined with regular vaccinations, parasite prevention and good nutrition, these comprehensive cat or dog check ups help to give your pet their best chance at excellent lifelong health. 

When you bring your dog or cat in for their vet check up, you provide your vet with an opportunity to help prevent health issues from developing in your pet, and to detect the earliest signs of developing conditions so that treatment can begin sooner - when most conditions are most easily treatable. 

Cat Wellness Exams, Madison

What to Expect During Your Pet's Routine Exam 

Your Madison vet will give your dog or cat a thorough physical checkup in order to get a complete picture of their overall health. Routine pet wellness exams at our animal clinic include the following elements:

General Condition

A pet's general demeanor and physical condition provide vital clues to their overall health. How your pet stands and walks, their level of alertness, and whether they are a healthy weight for their size are all important indicators of overall health.

Coat & Skin

As part of  your pet's check up, 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 your dog or cat's mouth for symptoms of oral health problems such as plaque buildup or periodontal disease. 

Internal Health

Heart rate and 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 then 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 check up, 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 help them get off to a healthy start. 

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

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

You are welcome to ask us any questions or raise any concerns you may have about caring for your new pet, both at your appointments or following your visits.

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


With recent advances in veterinary medicine, as well as newer therapies and better nutrition, pets are now 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 wellbeing.

Vaccinations & Prevention

During your pet's vet check up at our Madison animal hospital, the vet will also check whether your animal requires preventive care, or if they are due for any routine vaccinations.

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