What happens during a health check?
A yearly check-up by the vet is highly recommended to keep your pet as healthy as possible from nose to tail. Remember your pet ages about 7 years in one human year.
What your Vet looks for?
Mouth - Bad breath may be caused by tartar build-up on teeth, or inflammation and infection that can cause your pet to be in poor health.
Ears - Build-up of wax in your pet’s ears can lead to infection and other ear problems. Your pet may also have ear mites – more common in rescue pets, especially kittens. Secondary infection after swimming can cause acute discomfort to your pet. Some dogs have unusually hairy ear canals which can affect hearing.
Eyes - The vet will look for signs of cataract, glaucoma, infection, jaundice, allergies, cysts and entropion eyelids (rolled-in eye lids).
Body - The vet will run his hands along the spine of your pet to look for any muscle spasm or injuries of the spine. Your pet will be weighed to give an accurate body condition score. Skin and coat will be checked for dryness and hair loss, ticks, fleas, growths, infection or allergic dermatitis. Under the tail, the vet will check for anal gland issues, perineal hernia or signs of tapeworms or tumours.
By manipulating the hind limbs the Vet can assess if the range of motion and patella location are normal.
Internal - Abdominal palpation by the vet will be performed to feel for any tumours, signs of pain or enlarged or shrunken organs.
Temperature - The Vet will check if your pet’s temperature is normal.
Heart - The Vet will check heart and pulse rate, rhythm, strength and check for any unusual sounds.
Respiration - The Vet will listen for any respiratory noise, check respiration rate and effort.