Health Check

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.

Because pets age so rapidly, 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.

Annual health checks also offer you a great opportunity to ask us about nutrition, behaviour or any other topics.

HEALTH CHECK LIST

The most important ANNUAL health screenings for dogs and cats of ALL ages are:

  • Physical examination
  • Vaccinations
  • Parasite check
  • Heart check
  • Dental health check
  • Blood and urine test

 

Additional preventative exams for senior dogs (7+ years)

  • Physical exam every 6-12 months
  • Osteoarthritis check
  • Chest radiograph
  • Thyroid check

 

It is known that 1 in 3 senior cats will develop either kidney disease, thyroid disease or diabetes mellitus. At North Maclean Family Vet, we are starting to implement a more targeted preventative care program for our senior felines, to try and pick up any early signs of disease that may not be easily picked up from the cat's behaviours and day-to-day life.

Additional preventative exams for senior cats (7-11 years)

  • Osteoarthritis check
  • Annual Kidney disease screen
  • Thyroid check
  • Annual Blood pressure check
  • Annual Urine assessment

 

Additional exams for senior cats (11 – 15 years)

  • 6 monthly health check and physical examination
  • Annual Kidney disease screen
  • Annual Thyroid check
  • Annual Blood pressure check
  • Annual Urine assessment
  • Osteoarthritis check

 

Additional exams for senior cats (15+ years)

  • 3 monthly health check and  physical examination
  • 6 monthly Blood pressure check
  • 6 monthly Kidney disease screen
  • 6 monthly Thyroid check
  • 6 monthly Urine assessment
  • Osteoarthritis check