One of the most important steps in determining the cause for a pet’s illness is a complete medical assessment. During the medical assessment, one of our veterinarians will perform a thorough physical examination of your pet. They will assess your pet’s eyes, nose, ears, oral cavity, cardiovascular system, respiratory system, gastrointestinal tract, neurologic function, and musculoskeletal system looking for abnormalities. They will also obtain a thorough history of your pet’s health through asking a series of questions regarding your pet’s lifestyle, or changes in their behaviour. Sometimes we can make a diagnosis after the medical assessment has been completed, however, many times we have to perform further diagnostic testing to determine the cause of your pet’s illness.