On average, dogs age five to eight times faster than humans. By age two, most dogs have already reached adulthood. At age four they are entering middle age. By age seven, many dogs (particularly large breeds) are entering their senior years.
Because dogs age so rapidly in comparison to us, 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.
The modern family dog is living longer than ever, but unfortunately chances are that many will 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.
The most important annual health screenings for dogs:
Adult dogs (1-6 years)
- Annual Health Check
- Vaccinations/Titre testing
- Parasite checks/prevention
- Dental Preventative Program
- Blood tests (Pre GA/full profile/medication screening)
- Body condition/weight assessment
- Additional 6 monthly Health Check
- Osteoarthritis exam
- Thyroid check
- Lump aspirates