Health Checks

Health Checks

Pets, on average, age five to eight times faster than humans. Most pets are sexually mature at 6-8months. By age two, most pets have already reached adulthood and studies show that at least 80% of those have problems with their teeth alone that should be dealt with to prevent further problems.  At age four, many are entering middle age. By age seven, many dogs, particularly larger breeds, are entering their senior years.

Because pets age so rapidly, major health changes can occur in a short amount of time. The risk of cancer, diabetes, obesity, arthritis, heart disease and other serious conditions all increase with age.

Today’s pets are living longer than ever, chances are that many may experience a potentially serious illness during their lifetime. Annual health checks can help your veterinarian diagnose, treat or even prevent problems and identify risk factors before they become life-threatening.

They’re also a great opportunity to ask us about nutrition, behaviour or any other issues.

We recommend a health check every 12 months and most vaccinations are due every 12 months. Health checks will  be done at the same time, reducing your overall time and cost.

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

HEALTH CHECK LIST

  • The most important annual health screenings for dogs and cats:
  • Adult dogs and cats (1-6 years)
  • Standard
  • Preventative medications—Vaccinations, worming, other parasites, dental checks
  • Parasite check
  •  Physical examination -Heart check, Dental health, joints, eyes, weight, lumps outside and on abdominal palpation, skin check including ears
  • Chemistry panel
  • Urinalysis

 

Additional exams for senior dogs (7+ years) on top of the standard physical examination

  • Osteoarthritis check
  • Chest radiograph
  • Thyroid check
  • Screening Blood and urine tests as above, but recommended more strongly.
  • Other blood tests especially if on regular medication.

 

Additional exams for senior cats (7+ years) on top of the standard physical examination.

  • Osteoarthritis check
  • Renal disease screen
  • Thyroid check
  • Screening blood and urine tests as above , but recommended more strongly.
  • Other blood tests especially if on regular medication.

 

For both dogs and cats the urine and blood tests are best done with samples collected close together  a morning urine sample and blood collected the same morning for example.