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City Pets is equipped to do a full physical examination on both cats and dogs in your home. A full exam includes inspection of eyes, ears, the oral cavity, auscultation (listening to) of the heart and lungs, palpation (feeling) of the internal organs of the abdominal cavity, an orthopedic review and examination of the skin, coat and nails. Any problems will be pointed out to you and then further diagnosed or corrected while we are there. Dirty ears will be cleaned and long nails cut.
We recommend that all pets have a full physical examination once a year until they reach their more senior years when it is prudent to have an exam twice yearly. Our pets age more quickly than we do so we recommend a wellness check up twice yearly for dogs over the age of 10 and cats over the age of 13. We feel that blood tests and a urine analysis are part of a mature pet's check up so that any problems can be detected and treated as early as possible. We recommend a fecal analysis and a test for giardia on all pet's feces once a year or whenever they have abnormal stool. Of course, a pet of any age should be examined whenever s/he is feeling sick or acting abnormally. If your pet has diarrhea, remember to save a sample for us in a plastic container for fecal analysis.
A City Pets technician (veterinary nurse) comes with the doctor on every house call. It is her job to hold your pet while the doctor performs the examination. Your job is to provide an accurate history about your pet's appetite, thirst, energy level, physical appearance and elimination habits. You should inform us if there are any changes in these areas. That information will help the doctors to know which specific tests on the blood, urine or feces should be performed.
Our doctors can do venipuncture (taking of blood), cystocentesis (taking of urine) which is used for analysis and culture and obtain feces for multiple types of analysis to determine the cause of your pet's problem. City Pets also carries specialized equipment which can be used if necessary to measure your pet's blood pressure, take an EKG (electrocardiogram), measure your pet's intra-ocular pressure (looking for glaucoma) or determine whether a bump on or under the skin might be malignant or benign (cancerous or not).
City Pets can make arrangements for ultrasound to be performed at home. We have an ultrasound service which provides both echocardiograms (ultrasound of the heart) and abdominal ultrasounds. This is a very effective non –invasive technique which provides a lot of diagnostic information. Since the procedure is not painful, no sedation is required and it can be done comfortably in your home. City Pets does not use anesthesia on pets at home nor does it perform any surgery in the client's home.
City Pets reminds you to be vigilant. Any time that there is a change in your pet's appetite, water drinking, a weight gain or weight loss, a difference in behavior or energy level, we should be alerted. These changes are the way our pets let us know when things are out of balance. If there is a medical problem, the sooner we are alerted, the faster we make the diagnosis and start treatment.
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Doctor Amy has cared, with affection, intelligence and skill, for my beloved feline companions for over 35 years! She visited our Leo for his annual check-up last week (yes, he is in wonderful shape); I always enjoy these visits; and she cares for my grown-up daughter's Romi as well. Doctor Amy and her staff are always responsive, dedicated to the health and happiness of our pets; I am very appreciative of all that CityPets does for our family, feline and human.
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