Dog Care

Dogs are loveable companions that are very eager to please. They need regular human interaction, physical and mental stimulation to maintain their health.

To keep your dog healthy you also need to pay attention to appropriate diet and give thought to a preventative care plan which will allow you to avoid illness and injury.

Below you will find important information to get you and your dog off on the right foot.

Keeping your Dog Healthyclick here for Nutrition advice

Dogs, on average, age five to eight times faster than humans. By age two, most dogs have already reached adulthood. By age three (21) most dogs have developed some form of dental disease. e.g. formation of plaque and gingivitis. At age four, many are entering middle age. By age seven, many dogs, particularly larger breeds, are entering their senior years.

Because dogs age so rapidly, major health changes can occur in a short period of time. The risk of cancer, diabetes, obesity, arthritis, heart disease and other serious conditions all increase with age.

Todays dogs are living longer than ever but unfortunately chances are that many may experience a potentially serious illness during their lifetime. Annual health checks can help your veterinarian diagnose, treat or even prevent problems before they become life-threatening.

An annual health check is also a great opportunity to ask one of our vets on duty about nutrition, behaviour or any other issues.

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 dog’s next annual health check.

Health Check List

The most important annual health screenings for dogs:

Adult dogs (1-6 years)

Parasite check
Heart and Respiratory check
Dental health
Blood test (pre GA, full profile, screening)
Chemistry panel
Behavioural Assessment

Additional exams for senior dogs
(7+ years)

Osteoarthritis check
Chest radiograph
Thyroid check
Ultrasound (F.A.S.T vs full)
Preventative Wellness Programme
Dental Preventative Programme
Blood and Urine Screening Tests