Understanding the medical procedures involved in your pet’s initial consultation.
White Oaks Veterinary Clinic offers the full range of Veterinary services to the residents of Edmond, Seward, Piedmont, Bethany, Meridian, Jones, and Choctaw, OK. Upon your initial consultation, our friendly and courteous staff will complete a thorough medical assessment to evaluate the overall health of your family pet. Even in cases where you are a longtime member of the White Oaks family, we often perform these routine examinations along with your yearly vaccinations to ensure consistent, quality healthcare.
A proper general assessment allows our veterinarians to look for any abnormalities or inconsistencies that may be early warning signs of possible disease or illness. This initial examination involves a thorough evaluation of the following areas:
- Cardiovascular System
- Neurological System
- Gastrointestinal System
- Skeletal System
For many pet owners, all of this poking and prodding can sometimes seem overly invasive, but the team from White Oaks Veterinary Clinic always conducts each examination with a gentle touch and a friendly smile.
An important step in a proper Veterinary medical assessment is to ask the pet owner a series of questions. We might ask about the eating and sleeping habits of the animal, any fluctuations in weight, or any abnormal behaviors such as excessive panting, coughing, or scratching. For older animals, we might ask about the pet’s exercise routine, mobility, and balance.
Next, our veterinarians will take the vital signs of the family pet and compare the results to past measurements from previous visits, if available. Vital signs include:
- Body temperature
- Body weight
- Pulse rate
- Respiration rate
The physical examination of the animal from nose to tail soon follows. We’ll check for swollen glands and organs, painful joints, paws, or feet, and irritations of the eyes, ears, and mouth. We’ll even check for tooth loss or decay. These areas are where the first signs of illness usually appear. Our veterinarians might use a stethoscope to hear the heart and lung functions of your cherished pet.
Should we feel that the animal requires more extensive evaluation, our experienced staff might perform a blood or urine test. This is our way of providing the highest level of veterinary healthcare possible to ensure a healthy and happy pet. These tests will help us to evaluate the following areas of your pet’s health more extensively:
- Endocrine systems, including adrenal and thyroid glands
Depending on the results of the examination to this point, further diagnostic testing may be in order. White Oaks Veterinary Clinic offers state-of-the-art technology in X-rays or Radiology, ultrasounds, endoscopy, and even surgical options should they be required. We even have the capabilities to conduct the blood and urine test analysis in-house, providing faster results for the best possible healthcare of your pet.
In very rare cases where we recommend a more specialized form of treatment, our friendly White Oaks team has a complete list of highly qualified Veterinary Specialists and national laboratories immediately available. Contact us at (405) 330-0676 to schedule a complete medical assessment for your pet today!