Health Checks & Vaccinations

Your dog or cat can be expected to live between 10 – 18 years, and some live for even longer. Keeping them healthy throughout that time is important for their own wellbeing and enables you to enjoy pet ownership for their whole lives.

As pets age, just like humans, things change and different health concerns can arise.

With regular assessments including blood test we are able to detect early health changes and address ways of treatment before the condition deteriorates.

We encourage you to start home health checks early so your pet gets comfortable with having someone examine them. 

  • Touch their paws
  • Run your hand down their spine to their tails
  • Rub their bellies
  • Play with their ears
  • Lift their lips and examine their teeth

Reward their behaviour when they let you do these things.

  • You can also check their gums for a nice pink colour and look at their teeth to assess if they are clean.
  • Check their ears for strange smells or discharge, make sure they are not sore or red.
  • When you run your hands over their bodies, check for any unusual lumps and bumps.
  • For long haired dogs, check in-between their toes for grass seeds

We recommend you book an annual health check for your pet around their birthday so we can advise you of what to expect, address any concerns or issues you may have noticed as well as give you advice on diet, weight control, exercise and how you can help them continue to have a great quality of life.
During Annual Health Checks we will discuss preventative care too.

For dogs we will advise you regarding health checks, vaccinations, worming, heartworm and flea prevention.

For cats we can assist in vaccinations, health checks, flea prevention and worming.

For rabbits we can conduct general health checks, offering vaccination from as young as 10 weeks to protect them against calicivirus (also known as Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease).

Your pet may be unwell if they are:

  • Vomiting/yelping
  • Have diarrhoea
  • Are shaking or having tremors
  • Not eating and drinking like they normally do
  • Coughing
  • Are stiff or not wanting to move around as usual

If your pet shows any of these signs, then please call us immediately to bring them in.

What to expect.

Dogs on Leads Please

When visiting our clinics, please have your dog on a lead at all times.

If your dog is anxious or you are concerned about how he or she might interact with other pets, then please let us know before you arrive.

Cats and Other Small Animals

Cats, rabbits, guinea pigs and other small animals should be placed in a secure travel cage. It can be helpful to your pet to place a towel over the cage to make them feel more secure. Unfamiliar surroundings, noises and smells as well as other dogs and cats in the clinic can cause your pet excessive stress.

If your cat or dog is very anxious, then we may be able to prescribe medication to help prior to their visit.

Appointment Time

Please arrive on time for your appointment. Our clinics are busy places and your courtesy helps us to help all our furry patients in their time of need. If you are running late, please phone the clinic and let us know so we can accommodate the changes needed.

Your Health

Your health is just as important to us as your pet's.

If you are feeling unwell, then please stay home. At this time we ask all humans to wear a face-mask during appointments.

Book an Annual Health Check Appointment