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Once a year, your pet needs an exam.  This will include comparing the weight from the last visit. Weight increases are good if your pet was thin last tie, or is still growing. Small dog breeds may reach their adult weight at 10 months, whereas a large breed dog may take up to 1 and 1/2 years. A cat usually takes from one year to eighteen months. A decrease in weight could mean further information is needed to ensure there is no underlying disease. We use the "BCS" or Body Condition Score from 1 to 6. 1 means very thin and 6 is obese. Next, we check the rectal temperature. Normal temperature for a dog is 100.2 to 103.5 degrees F, and cats can vary from 100.5 to 102.5 degrees F. Keep in mind, this can go up by 1 degree if the pet is very active in the exam room.
Bring in any medical history you have of your pet when you come to our vet clinic.  It's best to keep records of each visit throughout his or her life, including behavioral shifts.  If you have something like this, share it with our team. 

In some circumstances, Your pet's doctor will refer you to a specialist who has advanced expertise in areas such as internal medicine or surgery. 

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