Routine examinations by our veterinarians at Cortaro Farms Pet Hospital are geared toward preventative care for your dog or cat. These routine examinations are pet checkups that assist in ensuring your animal’s health.

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The Importance of Preventive Care

Combined with regular vaccinations, parasite prevention, and proper nutrition, these routine examinations include regular physical pet checkups to give your pet the best chance at excellent lifelong health. 

When you bring your cat or dog in for a checkup, we can either prevent health problems from developing or catch them early, when they are easiest to treat.

Cat & Dog Wellness Exams & Pet Checkups in Tucson

What to Expect During Your Pet's Physical

Your Tucson vet will perform a thorough physical examination on your dog or cat in order to obtain an accurate picture of his or her overall health. Our animal clinic's routine wellness exams include the following components:

General Condition

The general demeanor and physical condition of your pet can provide information about their overall health. The way they stand and walk, their level of alertness, and their weight in relation to their size are all important indicators of overall health.

Coat & Skin

During your pet's exam, we will look for abnormal hair loss or shedding, lumps, bumps, dandruff, or excessive oiliness or dryness.

Face & Head

The eyes, ears, and nose of your pet will be checked for abnormalities or discharge. We'll also look for signs of oral health issues like plaque buildup or periodontal disease in your mouth.

Internal Health

The heart rate and rhythm, pulse, and blood pressure of your pet are all critical to his or her heart health. We'll run some tests to make sure they're all right. After that, the lungs will be examined for signs of abnormal breathing.

Lymph nodes will be examined for pain or swelling, and the abdomen will be examined to ensure that the intestines, kidneys, bladder, spleen, liver, and stomach are all normal and that your pet is not in pain.

Review of Findings

At the conclusion of your pet's routine wellness exam, your veterinarian will discuss any concerns they may have about your pet's overall health and discuss your dog or cat's nutritional requirements with you.

Pet Checkups for Puppies & Kittens

Puppies and kittens need proper medical care in their first few weeks of life.

We'll give your new best friend a full physical exam, vaccinations, and deworming. We'll also look for parasites. You'll get a puppy or kitten 'kit' with educational materials and samples to help you care for your new family member.

Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about caring for your new pet, either during or after your appointments.

Once your puppy or kitten's checkup is complete, you'll return periodically for his or her required booster shots


Senior pets are living longer than ever before thanks to recent advances in veterinary medical knowledge and care, as well as newer therapies and better nutrition.

While this is great news for pets and their owners, it does mean that your pet's routine healthcare will need to be given extra attention as they get older.

Regular examinations become increasingly important as your pet approaches middle age, ensuring their continued health and longevity.

We will pay special attention to your senior pet's potential geriatric conditions, such as arthritis or decreased vision, in addition to the routine wellness procedures we perform on all adult pets.

For aging pets, additional laboratory tests may be recommended to provide more detailed information about their overall health and well-being.

Nutritional Consultations

We are pleased to offer nutritional consultations for your pet at Cortaro Farms Pet Hospital. Diet is one of the most fundamental, yet critical, aspects of pet care. Our nutritional consultations assist you in determining the most appropriate feeding regimen for your pet.

Nutritional advice can help animals stay healthy, prevent disease, and manage illness. Nutritionists can also recommend dietary supplements and weight loss or gain plans based on an animal's current condition.

Vaccinations & Prevention

During your pet's veterinary checkup at our Tucson animal hospital, the vet will also determine whether your pet requires preventive care or if routine vaccinations are due.

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