Health check

Health checks are critical for detecting subtle changes in your pet’s physical health. During our home visit service, we will examine your pet and discuss any findings or treatment required.

Our consultations are thorough, relaxed and unhurried enabling us to give you and your four legged friend the time and care that you deserve.

  • Health checks free as a part of pets vaccination
  • Health checks £30

Regular health checks are an essential part of keeping your furry friends healthy. Pets age much more rapidly than humans and are good at hiding signs of disease from us, so we often don’t know that there is something wrong until the disease is quite advanced. A regular veterinary examination ensures health problems are detected and treated early and more effectively. All pets should have a full health check once per year (usually at the time of their annual vaccination). We recommend that older pets (cats over ten years, dogs over eight years old) are checked every six months as they can be prone to developing age related health conditions.

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Regular health checks are an essential part of keeping your furry friends healthy. Pets age much more rapidly than humans and are good at hiding signs of disease from us, so we often don’t know that there is something wrong until the disease is quite advanced. A regular veterinary examination ensures health problems are detected and treated early and more effectively. All pets should have a full health check once per year (usually at the time of their annual vaccination). We recommend that older pets (cats over ten years, dogs over eight years old) are checked every six months as they can be prone to developing age related health conditions.

When your pet has a full health examination – we would typically look at the following:

The head

  • Ears, eyes, nose and mouth, including the teeth for normal primary dentition in young animals and advice on how to prevent the development of dental disease in adults.

Chest and Abdomen

  • Auscultation of the lungs to detect any abnormal sounds.
  • The heart will be carefully evaluated, listening for heart murmurs. Heart murmurs in young animals would suggest a congenital heart defect and the opinion of a specialist should be sought.
  • The abdominal cavity will be palpated to feel in the belly for changes in the organs like the liver, bladder or kidneys. Umbilical hernias are very common in puppies and some may warrant surgical correction. In bitches, it can often be corrected at the same time as neutering. Cryptorchidism is also common. It is a serious defect in animals that are to be shown or used for breeding. Usually, by the time of the primary vaccination course, we will be confident to confirm the presence of the testicles.

Skeletal system

  • The limbs will be checked, including lymph nodes and the joints, for any indication of arthritis.

Skin

  • The skin and coat will be examined for alopecia, ectoparasites (fleas, ticks, lice), dryness, excessive oil, level of hydration, matting, etc.
  • The entire body will be felt over and examined for irregularities such as cutaneous lumps, mammary tumours etc.

The annual health check is an ideal time to weigh your pet and record its condition score. We will keep a record that will allow us to monitor weight changes and will help us to prescribe medications when the pet is not present.