Health Checks

Dogs and cats age on average five to eight times faster than humans. By age two, most pets are already considered adults. At age four to seven, many are entering middle age. By age seven to nine, larger breed dogs in particular are entering their senior years.

Because pets age so rapidly, major health changes can occur in a short amount of time. The risk of heart disease, arthritis, kidney disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity all increase with age.  Early detection of serious conditions is important and annual health checks can help your veterinarian diagnose and treat problems early, or even prevent problems occurring altogether to enable the best possible outcome for your pet.

Annual health checks also offer you a great opportunity to ask us about nutrition, behaviour or any other topics.


The most important annual health screenings for dogs and cats of all ages:

  • Physical examination
  • Vaccination
  • Parasite control
  • Heart check
  • Dental check
  • Mobility check

Additional exams for seniors (7-9+ years)

  • Osteoarthritis check
  • Thyroid check
  • Blood and urine test
  • Kidney disease and blood pressure check (cats in particular)