Dogs, on average, age five to eight times faster than humans. By age two, most dogs 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 dogs 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 dogs are living longer than ever, but unfortunately chances are that many may experience a potentially serious illness during their lifetime. Annual health checks can help our vets diagnose, treat or even prevent problems before they become life-threatening.
An annual health check is also a great opportunity to ask our vets about nutrition, dental care or any other issues.
See below for more information about the different checks that can be undertaken according to the age of your dog, and contact us if you have any questions or to book your dogs’ next annual health check.
HEALTH CHECK LIST
The most important annual health screenings for dogs:
Adult dogs (1-6 years)
- Vaccinations/Titre testing
- Parasite checks/prevention
- Heart and Respiratory check
- Dental Preventative Program
- Blood tests (Pre GA/full profile/medication screening)
- Body condition/weight assessment
Additional exams for Senior dogs
- Osteoarthritis check
- Thyroid check