Pets, on average, age five to eight times faster than humans. By age two, most pets have already reached adulthood. 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 before they become life-threatening.
They’re also a great opportunity to ask us about nutrition, behaviour or any other issues.
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. At each visit, whether it be for vaccinations, annual health checks or other specific issues, our veterinarians will give your pet a thorough health exam.
Skin - Check for signs of infection on the skin or in the ears, hair loss, lumps, scratching or redness.
Chest - Listening to the heart and lungs to check for any murmurs or abnormal sounds.
Mouth - Gums, teeth, breath, lips and tongue will be examined.
Eyes - Clarity, eyelids and pupils will be examined.
Joints - Assess mobility, check for signs of arthritis.
Abdomen - Any abnormalities, masses or fluid accumulation will be checked for.
Body Condition - We will check if your pet is in optimum body condition.
General Information - Flea, worming, heartworm and nutrition advice can be given. Any behavioural issues can be discussed.