Regular checkups are a crucial part of maintaining the health and well-being of any pet. During a pet checkup, veterinarians will conduct an examination to identify potential illnesses or diseases that may be present in the animal. Common diseases that can be detected during a pet checkup include heartworm disease, feline leukemia virus, canine distemper, parvovirus, canine hepatitis, toxoplasmosis and similar diseases.
Feline leukemia virus is highly contagious among cats and can cause cancer or other severe health conditions. Canine distemper is a virus which spreads through contact with infected animals or their bodily fluids; it can affect the respiratory system as well as cause seizures and paralysis.
Advanced screening such as urinalysis can be used to test for urinary tract infections and diabetes. Additionally, blood tests can help identify anemia, infections or organ disorders in cats and dogs.
Finally, dental exams are also a key component of pet health checks; looking out for broken teeth, gum disease and other oral issues that may arise over time.