Well-health veterinary visits will start with a complete physical examination. Children relate to the pet’s exam by recalling their own physicals. They usually understand and identify with the “ins and outs” of a physical. They recognize that some things go in (thermometers, otoscopes) and other things come out (blood and other “samples”). They quickly realize that the pet’s doctor does many of the same things their pediatrician does. Pets, like very young children, cannot communicate on their own, making examination and diagnosis all the more challenging for the doctor.
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When your pet has a physical exam, the doctor will take its temperature; examine the eyes, ears, nose, mouth, and teeth; listen to the heart and lungs; palpate (feel) the abdomen and lymph nodes; survey the coat; and check for lameness. Ask your doctor to explain what he’s doing as he examines your pet. Children watch the examination process with rapt attention.
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