Gawler Veterinary Services (Willaston)

08 8522 2055

Health Checks

Dogs and cats will, on average, age five to eight times faster than humans. By the time they are two, most pets have already reached adulthood. They are entering middle age at around 4 years of age, and by seven years of age, are considered to be senior citizens.

Because your pets age so rapidly, major health changes can occur in a short amount of time. The risk of them developing cancer, diabetes, obesity, arthritis, dental disease, heart disease and other serious conditions all increase with age.  Full health checks every 6-12 months allows you to do the best for your pet should they develop any health problems.

Today’s pets are living longer than ever, so chances are that many will experience a potentially serious illness during their lifetime. Annual health checks can help your veterinarian diagnose, treat or even prevent problems before they become life-threatening. These checks are also a great opportunity for you to be able to ask any questions you may have about your pet's nutrition, behaviour or any other issues.

Call today to book a health check for your pet with one of our vets.

HEALTH CHECK LIST

A yearly health check will cover the most important annual health screenings for dogs and cats, including:

Adult dogs and cats (1-6 years)

  • Vaccinations
  • Parasite check

  • Heart check

  • Dental health

  • Skin check

  • Eye and Ear check

  • Weigh-in

  • Behaviour discussion

Additional exams for senior dogs (7+ years)

In addition to a full health check, your senior dog may also need to have one or more of the following performed during their check:

  • Osteoarthritis check or radiographs
  • Chest radiographs

  • Thyroid check

  • Check of any lumps

  • Eye check

  • Blood tests
  • Urinalysis

Additional exams for senior cats (7+ years)

In addition to a full health check, your senior cat may also need to have one or more of the following performed during their check:

  • Osteoarthritis check
  • Renal disease screen
  • Thyroid check
  • Blood pressure check

  • Check of any lumps

  • Eye check

  • Blood tests

  • Urinalysis

If your veterinarian finds any concerns during your pet's health check, they will discuss with you if any further work-up and treatment may be required, or if your pet required more frequent checks.