Examinations for Dogs


Your puppy will receive a complete physical exam at the time of vaccinations. Exams help determine if there are existing congenital, hereditary, or developmental problems. We try to make these visits as informative for you and as fun for your puppy as possible. Puppies will receive two exams during the course of their vaccinations prior to their spaying or neutering.

Adult Dogs

Your adult dog should have an annual thorough physical exam. During the exam we look at the ears, eyes, and mouth. We also listen to their heart and lungs and feel the abdomen and the rest of their body for any growths. Hopefully, any abnormalities can be caught early and treated successfully. Some common health conditions of adult pets include:

  • Allergies
  • Ear infections
  • Lameness
  • Lyme Disease and Anaplasma
  • Dental Disease
  • Skin Growths
  • Vomiting and Diarrhea
  • Urinary Tract Infections

Senior Dogs

Because the older dog is much more likely to have medical problems, we recommend a bi-annual physical exam. Superior Animal Hospital also offers a Senior Care Wellness program for your senior and geriatric pets over seven years of age. All of these pets should get, at the minimum, a blood chemistry profile (BCP) and a complete blood count (CBC) annually for early detection of health problems. Any abnormalities found may need further diagnostic testing. Common health conditions of senior pets include:

  • Periodontal Disease
  • Obesity
  • Endocrine Diseases
  • Kidney and Liver Diseases
  • Heart Disease
  • Arthritis
  • Loss of Vision
  • Cancer
  • Behavioral Changes

Please ask your veterinarian and further questions you may have regarding your dog’s examination requirements.

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