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Current surveys indicate that more than half of the homes in the United States have a dog or cat. The number of dogs and cats is estimated at over 70 million each. That means there are many pets in need of a veterinarian like those at Gambrills Veterinary Center. Veterinarians are professionals that specialize in the medical treatment of animals such as dogs, cats, horses, birds, farm animals, and exotic animals.
In addition to providing vaccinations, treating illnesses and diseases, and neutering or spaying services, veterinarians also perform “wellness exams”. These exams are not unlike the yearly physical examinations that humans undergo yearly. As part of the wellness exam, you can expect a Vet in Bowie, to do the following:
- Oral :- The veterinarian will examine the dog or cat’s teeth, gums, and inside the mouth. They will thoroughly check the teeth for abscesses, cracks, excessive tartar accumulation, and other damage. Like humans, both dogs and cats are susceptible to gum disease such as gingivitis. Therefore, the veterinarian will check for signs of these as well.
- Eyes :- An examination of the eyes checks for cataracts, corneal ulcers, glaucoma, or Pannus. Pannus is an inflammation of the cornea, and like many eye diseases, if left untreated may lead to blindness.
- Ears :- The ears are typically checked for signs of irritation, debris and wax buildup, and parasites such as lice or ear mites. You may be asked if your pet shakes their head often, rubs their ears on the floor, scratches them frequently, or if you have noticed an unpleasant odor. Ear problems left untreated may lead to sever pain or even deafness.
- Skin :- Like humans, a pet’s skin is their largest organ and is often a gauge as to their state of health. The veterinarian will check for signs of parasites, allergies, abrasions, hot spots, infection, or tumors.
- Joints :- The veterinarian will gently manipulate the joints looking for indications of arthritis, pain, hip dysplasia, and back problems. Early detection can help prevent pain and mobility issues.