The Old Reynella Veterinary Clinic follows the recommendations of the Australian Veterinary Associations’ ‘Standard of Care – Regular Health Check Standards for Dogs and Cats‘ Guidelines.
As your pet ages, it is very important that you stay up to date with their health care. This includes annual health checks. As pets age at a quicker rate in comparison to us, annual health checks are very important. At your pets annual health check, we check the following:
- Physical examination – for example looking at their skin, eyes, ears, coat condition, listening to their heart and lungs and checking body temperature
- Weight check- on arrival at the clinic, the Veterinary Nurse will get a reading on your pets weight and record it on their file. This is so we can watch for any fluctuations. Increased body weight can leave your pet at increased risk of disease, joint issues/arthritis,etc as they age
- Dental check – they will give your pets teeth a ‘grade’. Teeth are graded from 0 – 4, 0 being no disease present, up to 4, where infection, pain and tooth loss occurs. Small pets, particular breeds and pets that are fed only a soft food diet are at a higher risk of dental disease. Dental cleaning may be required early in these pets, some as young as two to three years of age
- Diet – open discussion to ensure your pet is being fed a complete balanced diet suited to their lifestyle and body weight. If your pet is having issues with weight control, you may be recommended to book in with one of our nurses for a free ‘Healthy Weight’ consultation
- Vaccination status – vaccination boosters are required annually to ensure your pet is covered against the infectious diseases they can contract in the environment.
- Heartworm and other parasite preventions – with an ever changing product market, the Veterinarian will check with you to ensure your pet is up to date with the preventative products
- Training, for dogs in particular – just like children, as pets age they go through their different life stages, they can occasionally push the boundaries. Ongoing training is not ony important for your pets mental health and stimulation, but can also help to prevent any unwanted behaviours and naughtiness… Leading to a better relationship between you and your pet
- Interactive play – ensure you keep your pets mentally stimulated with fetching and interactive games. They don’t need to be food orientated, pets enjoy our attention more than food. You are their reward!
- Blood testing – the Veterinarian may discuss ‘wellness’ blood testing with you. Hands on, physical exams will only give your Veterinarian limited information on the health and wellbeing of your pet. The only way to assess their body function, in particular the liver, kidneys, is to perform a blood test.
Other things that could be discussed include temperament, signs of pain or illness, out of character issues for your pet (indicating possible issues, travelling with pets, noise phobias, etc.