Hodes Veterinary Group

Exams & Check Ups

“Be kind to every kind, not just mankind.”



You gave an animal its forever home. We’d like to make it as close to forever as possible. That's why we recommend scheduling a Wellness Exam at least once a year. It helps us check things like weight and joint flexibility. Keep vaccinations up-to-date. And gives us a better chance of detecting a disease or illness before it develops into a serous health issue. 

Just like a human’s yearly physical, our Wellness Exam involves a very thorough examination:

  • Heart and Lung Evaluation

  • Ear Examination

  • Eye examination

  • Dental Evaluation

  • Neurologic evaluation

  • Abdominal Organ Palpation

  • Musculoskeletal Evaluation

  • Coat and Skin Analysis

  • Weight Assessment and Nutritional Counseling

  • Heartworm, Tick-Borne Disease Testing (additional fee)

  • Fecal Analysis (additional fee)

  • Blood Titers and Vaccines if needed (additional fee)


New Pet Visit

For your first visit, you’ll need to fill out the new patient form prior to your appointment and bring it with you.  If you’ve been using another veterinarian’s service, please contact them a few weeks before your appointment and ask them to transfer your pet's records to us to make sure we have them prior to your arrival.

If the pet patient we are seeing is a new puppy or kitten, make your appointment soon after bringing them home. Make sure you bring any records from the breeder, shelter, or other veterinarian that has examined your new puppy or kitten so we can compare those notes to what we find when we perform our comprehensive physical exam.


Senior Pet Care

Preventive wellness care is a great way to keep your pet as healthy as possible well into their golden years. After a pet reaches the age of seven, we recommend visits every six months so we have a better chance of catching any age-related issue before it becomes a real problem.

In addition to a comprehensive physical exam, we’ll also perform blood tests to evaluate how well the liver, kidneys, pancreas, spleen, and gallbladder are functioning, as well as a complete blood count (CBC) that will evaluate the red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets.

During your visit, be sure to tell us if you have noticed any changes in your pet such as:

  • Temperament

  • Activity level

  • Appetite level

  • Weight changes

  • Having trouble getting up or down

  • Incontinence



We are a mixed animal practice. That means we have veterinarians on staff who are experienced in treating all kinds of exotic pets. Just call and make an appointment to make sure these vets are in the office and available to see your pet.


International Health Certificates

If your pet will be traveling with you outside of the United States, you are required to have a health certificate for your pet. Along with this certificate you must also show proof of rabies vaccination and rabies titer and echinococcus tests and treatments, if applicable. 

You should come in for your pet’s international health certificate as near to the date of travel as possible.


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