Prolong Your Dog's Life

Dog Exam at Apple Grove Veterinary CareApple Grove Veterinary Care provides a full range of preventive care services to help your dog live a longer, happier life and to increase the odds of detecting problems early, before they become severe and costly.

Our veterinarians make their annual preventive care recommendations based on the guidelines established by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). We then customize our recommendations based on your dog's hereditary factors, age, medical history and lifestyle.

Annual preventive care for dogs typically includes:

  • At least one annual Physical Examination at which time our veterinarians will take a complete medical history, make nutrition recommendations, assess behavior, and review any known medical conditions.

    During the exam our doctors will evaluate many different body systems:

    • The overall body condition and weight is assessed. Body Condition Scoring guides are located in each exam room. Do you know your pet's ideal weight?
    • Skin and hair coat are evaluated for lumps, hair loss, dryness, wounds, parasites, shedding and mats.
    • Ears are checked for debris, discharge, redness and itching.
    • The doctor may use an otoscope to look inside the ear if any abnormalities are noted.
    • Eyes are evaluated for reaction to light, cataracts, discharge and other abnormalities.
    • The nose is checked for crusting or discharge.
    • The mouth is checked for tartar, signs of dental disease, loose or fractured teeth, and infection.
    • The thyroid glands are palpated for enlargement.
    • A stethoscope is used to listen to the heart and lungs for abnormal sounds such as murmurs, wheezes, or crackles.
    • The abdomen and internal organs, such as kidneys, intestines, bladder, and liver are palpated for irregular size or shape, or abnormal growths.
    • If any lameness or limping is noted, or reported by the owner, the doctor will observe the pet's gait (walk).

    After the examination, the doctor will discuss the normal and abnormal findings with you.

  • Vaccines based on your dog's lifestyle and/or breed. Core Vaccines include Rabies, Distemper and Leptospirosis. Our veterinarians may also recommend additional vaccines such as Lyme, Bordetella (Kennel Cough) and Canine Influenza.

  • Parasite Control Products to control parasites such as heartworms, intestinal parasites (such as round worms), fleas and ticks. Controlling these parasites helps protect your dog and your family members from easily transmitted parasites.

  • Diagnostic Testing to confirm the absence of heartworms or other internal parasites and early disease screening tests to help identify any internal issues which cannot be detected during a thorough physical exam.

  • Your veterinarian will also discuss other services, such as dental care or microchipping that will benefit your dog's overall health and wellbeing and advise you on any questions you might have regarding your dog's health.