Healthcare examination

Animals can be very good at hiding any pain or discomfort that they may be experiencing, and so it is important that your pet is examined regularly by a vet in order to identify any potential issues as soon as they may develop. Whenever we see your pet, be it for his / her annual vaccinations or for any other routine consultation, our vets will always carry out a full 10-point check:

  1. Nose dogs nose
  2. Eyes
  3. Ears
  4. Mouth and teeth
  5. Lymph nodes
  6. Skin
  7. Abdomen
  8. Lungs
  9. Heart
  10. Musculoskeletal system

We will explain the process, findings and possible implications at every stage of the examination so that together we can shape recommendations to suit your pet, your needs and your budget.

As a matter of course we examine dogs nose-to-tail, but we will adapt our approach if your dog is nervous or in pain. We have found that cats become less stressed if examined tail-to-nose, and following our Sandhole cat-friendly guidelines:

  • We promise never to lift or hold your cat by the scruff of the neck
  • We will always allow time for your cat to come out of their carrying box in his / her own time
  • We have plenty of yummy treats in our consult roooms
  • Cuddles and chin rubs are always in endless supply!

And it goes without saying that as every pet is an individual, we treat them as such.