Our complete medical assessment begins with in-depth discussion with one of our veterinarians about any health concerns that you have, or any changes to your pet’s routines. This discussion can be very useful in helping the veterinarian pinpoint a problem and, for this reason, it is important that a person who is familiar with health of the pet attend the appointment. This is followed by a thorough physical examination whereby your pet’s eyes, ears, skin, cardiovascular, neurological, gastrointestinal and skeletal system are examined for any abnormalities. Blood tests can be performed as necessary to assess the proper functioning of your pet’s kidneys, liver, pancreas, and endocrine system including the thyroid gland and adrenal glands. Urine tests can detect similar problems. Depending on your pet’s condition, we may recommend further diagnostic tests such as more targeted blood work, radiography (X-rays), cytology or biopsy collection, and in some cases, surgery. We also have the option of referring patients for more advanced procedures such as ultrasound and endoscopy.