Santa Fe Animal Hospital

Exams

Exams

Your Pet’s Key to Wellness

There’s no denying that pets need lots of attention and monitoring throughout their lives — not just in the form of daily care, exercise and love, but also veterinary services. Even the healthiest animals can benefit from annual (or even more frequent) pet exams to confirm that good health or detect any anomalies that might call for immediate treatment. Here at Santa Fe Animal Hospital in Lakeland, we can provide these all-important exams.

Why That Annual Pet Exam Matters So Much

If your pet seems happy and healthy, with no major changes in his appearance or behavior, it’s easy just to assume that all is well. But just as many human ailments can lurk undetected, diseases and disorders that afflict pets can develop without showing obvious symptoms — and pets, especially cats, tend to instinctually hide signs of pain and illness. Your pet may also develop certain risk factors for diseases and disorders based on age or breed. For example, a pet that packs on too many pounds (whether you notice the change in weight or not) is at risk for obesity, which in turn places him at risk for hypertension, cancer, diabetes, liver or kidney disease and heart failure. Or an internal cancer might grow and metastasize long before your pet suffers obvious symptoms. An annual pet exam gives us a chance to detect these and many other potential dangers as early as possible.

Helping Your Pet Through the Stages of Life

A pet’s needs change greatly as he or she moves through various stages of life. For puppies and kittens, some of the gravest dangers include internal parasites and deadly microorganisms. That’s why your puppy or kitten may need several pet exams in his first year, along with wellness measures such as vaccinations and de-worming. Annual pet exams are sufficient for most generally-healthy adult pets. Senior pets need at least two exams per year because they’re more prone to specific ailments such as cancer, diabetes and organ failure.

A typical pet exam covers your pet’s health and wellness quite literally from head to tail. We administer external evaluations of your pet’s skin, coat, ears, eyes, mouth, stance, gait and behavior. Your pet will also be weighed as a precaution against obesity. Blood, urine, and fecal testing can reveal a variety of internal disorders that might require care. Of course, we also take your pet’s vital signs and answer any questions you may have about your pet’s health.

Schedule a Pet Exam at Santa Fe Animal Hospital

Santa Fe Animal Hospital is ready to serve as your pet’s Lakeland wellness headquarters. Call (863) 665-5033 to schedule an exam!

We will be re-opening on Tuesday, March 1st!

Please note the updated process below:

  • One person per pet will be allowed in the building. We ask that you continue to check in by phone at (863) 665-5033 when you arrive for your pet’s appointment, then wait for a team member to come out and escort you and your pet into the building. 
  • We do request that you wear a mask when in the building.
  • Please social distance as best as possible when in the hospital. 
  • Our waiting room will be open with socially distanced seating. 
  • When in the waiting room, a staff member will discuss your pet’s history and take note of any issues you would like the doctor to examine.
  • Due to the exam rooms being small, a staff member will then escort your pet to the exam room, while you continue to wait in the waiting room. 
  • After the examination, you will be brought into the exam room to discuss the findings and treatment plan with the doctor. 
  • If you are sick, especially with flu-like symptoms, or have been in contact with anyone who tested positive for COVID-19, we do ask that you find a friend or family member to bring your pet to their appointment. 
  • Our curbside service will no longer be a required part of our COVID-19 protocol; however, if you prefer to take advantage of this service, just let us know when you arrive.
  • In order to reduce traffic flow inside the clinic, food and medicine pick up will still remain curbside.

We know this has been a long and trying year for everyone, and we sincerely appreciate how understanding our clients have been with the necessary restrictions and changes. 

Thank you for continuing to trust us with your pet’s health!
The Santa Fe Animal Hospital Team