Health Checks



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, to bring your pets' vaccinations up-to-date, or any other issues.

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


The most important annual health screenings for dogs and cats:

Adult dogs and cats (1-6 years)

  • Vaccinations

  • Parasite check

  • Heart check

  • Dental health

  • Blood test

  • Chemistry panel

  • Urinalysis

Additional exams for senior dogs (7+ years)

  • Osteoarthritis check

  • Chest radiograph

  • Thyroid check

Additional exams for senior cats (7+ years)

  • Osteoarthritis check

  • Renal disease screen

  • Thyroid check

  • Blood pressure check


At home you can take a few precautions yourself by way of some simple home health checks of your own.


YOUR care and attention to your pet will help keep him/her in good health. Please EXAMINE your pet weekly, review this checklist and check "YES" or "NO" to each statement. If you answer "NO" to any statements, please call for an appointment so we can examine your pet and correct the problem.



My pet is acting normal, active and in good spirits.    
My pet's appetite is normal has he/she has no difficulty in chewing or swallowing.    
My pet breathes normally without straining.     
My pet urinates normally without effort, with the usual frequency in the usual amounts.    
My pet has normal appearing bowel motions.    
My pet walks without stiffness, pain or difficulty.     
My pet's coat is full, glossy and in good condition.     
My pet's skin is free from dry flakes and is not greasy.      
My pet has no fleas, ticks, lice or mites.    
My pet's eyes are bright, clear and free from matter.    
My pet's ears are clean, without debris inside and there is no head shaking.    
My pet's nose is moist and free of discharge.    
My pet's teeth are clean, white and free of tartar.    
My pet's gums are glistening and pink, with no redness.    
When I run my hands over my pet's entire body, there are no lumps or bumps indicating tumours.    


                                                                                  Make sure your pet's immunizations are up to date.