Pet Health Checks

Pet Health Checks

Pets usually require more frequent health check-ups than their owners. This is down to a few factors, such as the increased rate of aging for animals because they cannot easily communicate subtle issues or discomfort they might be feeling. There are a number of common ailments that can be treated or managed if detected early which makes regular pet health check-ups vital for your pet’s long-term good health and quality of life.

What you need to know

  • Eyes: An examination of your pets eyes can reveal a lot about their health and wellbeing. We look out for reactions of the pupils, range of eye movement, discolouration, and signs of discomfort or weeping caused by issues like entropion. We also can examine the structures in the back of your pets eye such as the retina and optic nerve. Dogs with excessive skin folds, such as basset hounds or St. Bernard’s, can be particularly susceptible to eye issues.
  • Skin and coat: Your pet losing hair could be a sign of numerous issues such as an allergy, infection or illness, particularly issues with the endocrine system. They may also be suffering from high stress or anxiety. Parasitic infection can also result in coat changes and hair loss. Your pets skin is its largest organ, therefore its health is vital to your pets good health.
  • Lumps: An examination of your pet can reveal any external lumps or bumps which may be harmless or may be indicate a more serious illness. Internal lumps can only be investigated through x-rays, ultrasounds, blood tests, or biopsies, all of which we provide at our state-of-the-art facilities. On occasion we may need to refer your pet to a specialist centre for advanced imaging such as CT or MRI
  • Teeth and gums: Pets frequently suffer with dental health issues these can include plaque build up, bad breath, tooth loss and gum disease. An accumulation of high levels of bacteria due to advanced dental disease can result in issues with your pets overall health. A pet health check will include investigating your pet’s mouth for common dental issues.
  • General mood and appetite: Issues with your pets health can often be identified through a change in your pet’s mood, such as them being lethargic at home, have an increase or reduction in their normal appetite.
  • Feet and movement: Throughout their lives pets may develop issues with their joints as a result of aging, genetics or trauma. We frequently see issues with the nails of your pets such as overgrowth, fractures, infections, these can be investigated during can be investigated during a consultation. Pets may also develop a limp, difficulty in walking up or down steps or have started to lick their joints, stiffness or slow to get out of bed all of which may indicate discomfort.

How a regular health check works​

A regular routine pet health check-up can help to identify many conditions before they become more serious and ensure your pet is not silently living with discomfort. A routine pet health check will take up to 15 minutes and our vets will assess your pets health status for the above issues and identify if there is any need for follow-up action.

A veterinary health check also allows us to set a baseline from which future changes in your pet’s condition can be monitored, so having a history of health checks makes it easier to catch changes and potential future problems.