Health Checks

Dogs and cats age, on average, 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 cats and dogs, particularly larger breed dogs, are entering their senior years.

All pets require a minimum of one health check a year. This is particularly important because pets age so rapidly and major health changes can occur in a short amount of time. The risk of heart disease, arthritis, kidney disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity and other serious conditions all increase with age.  Early detection is important and annual health checks can help your veterinarian diagnose and treat problems early, or even prevent problems occurring altogether, therefore enabling the best possible outcome for your pet.

Routine vaccinations and parasite control for fleas, ticks, mites, heartworm and intestinal worms are also recommended. Regular visits to your vet also provide a good opportunity to ask about nutrition, behaviour, and other issues.

Health Check List

The most important annual health screenings for dogs:

Dogs of all ages

  • Physical examination

  • Vaccinations

  • Parasite check

  • Heart check

  • Dental health check

  • Blood and urine test

Additional exams for senior dogs (7+ years)

  • Osteoarthritis check

  • Chest radiograph

  • Thyroid check

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

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Dog Care

Owning a dog provides companionship, loyalty and affection for people of all ages and is an invaluable addition to families and individuals.

Before you adopt or purchase a dog, it is important to find the breed of dog best suited to your particular lifestyle, as well as being aware of the responsibility that comes with dog ownership. As your vet, we are here to discuss the many aspects of dog care, including breed-specific medical problems and routine health care such as vaccinations, flea, tick and mite control, desexing and worming that your future dog may need.

After purchasing your puppy or dog, there are several important aspects of their care to consider in addition to regular health checks:

We strongly recommend that you insure your new dog. Please see our information sheet on insurance for more about this topic.

Suitable bedding such as washable rugs, cushions or blankets need to be provided in a weatherproof kennel or indoors.

A secure area such as a dog-proof yard is essential. Your dog should never be left unsupervised when tethered.

All dogs need daily exercise and mental stimulation to help avoid behavioural and health problems. Dogs view their human owners as being part of their pack and can develop behavioural issues if they feel neglected or excluded. It is also vitally important that dogs are socialised with people and other dogs from an early age in order to learn appropriate interactive behaviours.

Nutrition is an important part of your dog’s care. A healthy and balanced diet is essential. This will provide protein to build the body; fats for skin and coat health; carbohydrates for energy; and minerals and vitamins for good bone development and healthy tissues.

It is essential to keep your dog’s teeth clean. A regular dental homecare routine will minimise tartar build-up on your pet’s teeth. Never give your dog cooked bones, as these can be brittle and easily splinter, causing harm to your dog.

Fresh water must always be available for your dog. Bowls should be kept clean and placed in the shade.

Grooming and brushing is essential, particularly for long-haired breeds. This helps remove dust, dead skin, loose hairs, grass seeds, and tangles and it also assists to shorten the coat moult, which occurs seasonally. Dirty or smelly dogs should be bathed – however, keep in mind that frequent shampooing can strip the natural oils from the coat and cause skin dryness and irritation.

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Our staff are always happy to discuss routine health care for your current or future pets.

For further information about pet care, please phone our helpful staff during business hours.

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