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, behaviour and preventatives.
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)
- Annual Health check
- Vaccinations/Titre testing
- Parasite checks/prevention
- Dental Preventative Program
- Blood tests (Pre GA/full profile/medication screening)
- Body condition/weight assessment
- Behaviour consultations
Additional exams for Senior dogs (7+ years)
- Additional 6 monthly Health Check
- Osteoarthritis exam
- Thyroid check
- Lump aspirates
At the Dog Clinic we recommend 6 monthly check-ups for dogs above the age of 7 years; this age equates to a 50 year old human having doctors visit every 3 years.
It is important to have your dog checked regularly and for annual screening tests to be performed, this is why we have created our senior program.
To reward our clients dedication by joining The Senior Program, The Dog Clinic offers the following services:
A discounted level 3 consult A free hospital stay if your dog requires the following recommended tests:
Annual in house blood testing for biochemistry and haematology panels to detect early changes such a anaemia, kidney and liver function
6 monthly urine tests to detect early stages of kidney disease or urinary tract infections
Sampling of any new lumps and bumps to check for cancer cells
Following your senior consultation and diagnostic testing, your veterinarian will email you a detailed report and ongoing healthcare plan for your dog.
Additionally, you can order specific pharmaceuticals or other items which your dog may require to live comfortably in their senior years.