Helping Pets Live a Longer, Happier and Healthier Life

We all want our pets to live a long, healthy and happy life. With the proper healthcare management, we can help your pet live life to their full potential, which may well be over the equivalent of 100 human years! The key to a longer life is being able to detect problems early. We do this by recommending twice-yearly wellness check-ups and thorough physical examinations.

Now is a great time to save with the Adult Pet Wellness Package (for pets 1 - 6 years). It’s a comprehensive assessment of your pet's health to detect potentially serious diseases and conditions at the earliest stages. Early detection of any disease gives you and your veterinarian more options to either cure them, slow their progression or help keep your pet more comfortable.

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What does a wellness check-up include?

Wellness overview
Regardless of whether your pet is 6 months old, 12 months old, 2 years or 6 years old, a wellness checkup provides you with an opportunity to raise any questions you have about your pet and to tell your veterinarian about any changes of behaviour or physical appearance you have noticed. Note - for pets over 7 years we still highly recommend twice-yearly wellness visits to the vet. Take advantage of the senior pet winter wellness package in June and July.

Hands-on physical examination
Your veterinarian will palpate or feel your pet's musculoskeletal system, abdomen, and head and neck areas for abnormalities. A stethoscope will be used to listen to your pet's heart and lungs. Your pet's eyes, ears, and mouth will also be checked for age-related problems, such as cataracts, dental problems, and ear canal disorders. In younger pets, our veterinarian will also be looking for growth-related abnormalities such as hip and knee health.

Diagnostic tests
We perform very sensitive tests on blood and urine to check the inner workings of your pet. These tests are the key to early disease protection and are vital for pets young and old. If your pet requires a test, your veterinarian will discuss this with you first.

In addition to picking up potentially important early changes to your pet’s internal health, another reason to run blood and urine screening tests on seemingly well pets, is to establish normal numbers for your pet as an individual. Without this information, tests are normally compared to the average cat or dog.

If we know what has been normal for your pet, we have a greater ability to detect any deviation from their normal level, even if this still falls within the reference range for the test.

How to help your pet live a long and healthy life

Did you know your pet is ageing around seven times faster than you? Taking your dog or cat to the vet once a year is the same as a person seeing a doctor or dentist once every seven years. That is why all pets need a twice a year health and wellness check-up.

Twice a year wellness check-ups allow your veterinarian to detect, treat and help prevent problems before they become life-threatening. They also provide you with the opportunity to ask your veterinary healthcare team questions about nutrition, behaviour, dental health and other issues.

During your visit, we will address with you how to help your pet avoid disease by discussing diet, trends in blood results, behaviour, vector-borne disease, genetic predisposition, and more.

 

Early warning signs of disease related problems

Your role is extremely important in your pet's care. Armed with the correct information you can become a powerful ally in your companion living a healthy and happy life. Looking out for subtle changes at home can help us identify and treat problems before they become life-threatening. Treatment can be as little as changing your pet's schedule, their diet or may even include providing medication.

When you visit for your pet's wellness check-up here are some of the things we ask you to discuss with us and to be on the lookout for at home:

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    Change in appetite
  • Weight loss or weight gain
  • Changes in housetraining such as unexpected accidents
  • Changes in the ability of your pet to rise, walk or climb stairs
  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Persistent cough
  • The appearance of lumps or bumps
  • Bad breath, plaque, or bleeding gums
  • Diarrhoea or vomiting
  • Change in sleep patterns
  • Ear odours, redness, scratching, or head shaking
  • Excessive scratching or licking
  • Excessive drinking and/or urination

If you have an older pet you may assume some of these signs are a normal part of the ageing process. The reality is, these signs often indicate underlying age-related disease which in many cases we can alleviate or at the least, slow down the progression of the disease.

 

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