Pet Health Checks
The health check is routinely carried out on your pet when it comes to the surgery for its booster vaccinations or for the six monthly health check for pets that are on long term medication.
However, not all owners wish to continue having their pets vaccinated, and it is possible for their pets to develop conditions that go un-noticed until they are well advanced. We recommend, therefore, that even if you do not wish to have annual booster vaccinations, we see your pet at least once a year to check its general health.
During the check, your vet will take a full history of any problems your pet has had, check your pet by looking at them carefully, listening to their chest with a stethoscope, and feeling their abdomen. Some of the things we check include:
- - Weight and body condition score looking for abnormalities such as obesity or weight loss, which can be linked to underlying health problems
- - Gait and limbs for lameness, swellings, lumps or stiffness, which could indicate conditions like arthritis
- - Coat and skin for signs of parasites (eg fleas), infections, lumps or signs of allergies
- - Teeth and mouth to look for dental disease
- - The heart and lungs for conditions such as heart murmurs
- - Abdomen to look for lumps, changes in organ size or texture, thickened or gassy guts and signs of discomfort
- - Eyes and ears for redness or discharge (mucky eyes or ears) which could be signs of infection or ulcers
- - The microchip to check it is still working!
The vet might ask questions about your pet’s diet, appetite and thirst, ability to exercise, behaviour, and recent flea or worming treatment. This allows us to check for early indications that your pet may be unwell. Your vet may also ask more detailed questions if any aspects of the clinical exam are abnormal.
This is also a good opportunity to ask your vet for advice, or address any concerns you may have about your pet’s health or behaviour. Your vet can often help you administer medication such as worming tablets, clip your pet’s claws or apply ‘spot-ons’ for you too, so don’t hesitate to ask!
Your vet will check on any ongoing issues your pet may have: this can range from measuring or feeling lumps that have been noted previously (to see how they are changing), to asking you questions about your pet’s medication or weighing your pet.
What your pet needs can vary with species, age and lifestyle. Your vet can advise you on the vaccinations your pet needs to protect them and keep them happy and healthy!
If your pet is not microchipped, why not book it to be done with the annual booster or health check and receive a 10% discount?