Caring for your pet and ensuring his or her health and well-being are very important to you. As pet
owners, we understand the special bond you share with your pet and are
committed to helping you provide the long, happy and healthy life your special
As people that have dedicated our lives to the care of companion animals, we
know the foundation of your pet's health is the thorough practice of ARCHVET
preventative pet care. We recommend yearly, nose-to-tail wellness checkups,
proper dental care, vaccinations, microchip identification, behavioral and
nutritional counseling, proper grooming, and regular screenings for diseases
that commonly afflict your pet in their senior years.
Please take a look at the veterinary services we offer and feel free to give us a
call at (408) 224-5700 to ask our staff any pet health questions or to set up an appointment.
A regular physical examination is just as important for your pet as it is for you. Because your pet can't tell us how he or she really feels, we recommend a complete nose-to-tail physical examination at least once a year, though
more frequent exams are encouraged.
A routine examination provides you and your veterinarian with the opportunity to develop a picture of your pet's overall health as well as to spot potential medical issues before they become serious health concerns. It's also an opportunity for you to ask your veterinarian important questions about your pet's health, habits and daily
care. We also use this time to inform you about home healthcare for your pet and offer important advice and new information on the care of your particular type and breed of animal.
Your pet's wellness examination at our animal hospital in includes our commitment to:
Listen to the heart – Early signs of cardiac disease such as heart murmurs and abnormal heart beat patterns known as arrhythmias can be heard through a stethoscope. Discovering these initial indicators of trouble ahead can lead to identifying and treating the underlying condition before it becomes a more serious health threat.
Listen to the lungs – Health issues such as infections, obstructive diseases and other problems can be detected by listening to your pet's lungs through a stethoscope. The doctor can also assess the overall pulmonary health of your pet.
Check the teeth and oral cavity – Examining your pet's teeth and mouth is an important part of preventing dental disease, which is one of the most common health concerns in pets. Very young animals, such as kittens and puppies, also need to be checked to ensure they are developing an appropriate bite and that they are losing their baby teeth at the right time. We also take the time to discuss proper home dental care with you.
Evaluate vision – All diseases follow relatively predictable processes and if found early can be more easily treated. Ocular conditions, which can also be prevented through regular care and screenings, are no exception.
Look into the ears – As with dental disease, ear disease is relatively common in many types of pets. Issues such as low-grade allergies, swimming or bathing, reactions to certain foods, mites and other parasites can all cause and contribute to otitis or ear disease. Though you may feel this is an area that can be well-handled at home, the fact is that many ear diseases are difficult to detect and require medical treatment.
Palpate the lymph nodes, abdomen and skin – By feeling the skin, we are looking for unusual lumps or swellings as well as evaluating for skin discolorations, lesions or patterns of hair loss or thinning. These can indicate the presence of more systemic problems, especially metabolic diseases, which most commonly occur in middle-aged animals.
Palpate joints and muscles – By examining the joints, legs and other areas of the body, we are able to evaluate for swollen joints, decreased muscle tone and variations in muscle size between the limbs. We also observe your pet's gait for developmental issues. In puppies, we look for early indications of hip or elbow problems. For older pets, we look for signs of arthritis, which can be well-treated if found early.
Lab work – A complete physical includes a heartworm test, parasite screening, and should include a full blood workup. Not only can a full chemistry panel and complete blood count identify the presence of underlying disease processes, but these tests help create a baseline should your pet become ill between routine examinations. Additionally, blood work is necessary if your veterinarian recommends a dental cleaning, removal of skin masses, or any other procedure that requires anesthesia.
Good Communication Leads to Good Health
We also realize our expertise is of little value if we do not share our knowledge with you. The foundation of a well-functioning doctor/client relationship is the free flow and exchange of information so you can become a knowledgeable and empowered caretaker for your pet. This includes educating you on how to overcome the particular challenges of pet ownership in our city as well as making you aware of some of the unique advantages of raising a pet in San Jose.
Unfortunately, despite the most aggressive preventative treatment, our pets may experience a periodic illness or injury. The skill and extensive education of the doctors at ARCHVET Animal Hospital allows us to effectively manage complex medical and surgical challenges beyond those typically handled in general veterinary practices. Our capabilities and resources also reduce the frequency of referrals to expensive specialists. Your pet is able to receive care from people he or she knows, in a comfortable and familiar setting.
Additionally, all our doctors are extensively trained and experienced general practitioners with their own areas of specialized expertise. They form a cohesive team with a proven record of working collaboratively to provide timely, qualified and compassionate second opinions. The result is a faster resolution without the need to put your pet through additional costly tests and exams.