Health Checks - Pet Clinic Near You

Dogs and cats age on average, five to eight times faster than humans. By age two, most pets have already reached adulthood. At age four, many are entering middle age. By age seven, many cats and dogs, particularly larger breed dogs, are entering their senior years.

Because pets age so rapidly, major health changes can occur in a short amount of time. The risk of heart disease, arthritis, kidney disease, cancer, diabetes, obesityand other serious conditions all increase with age.  Early detection is important and annual health checks can help your veterinarian diagnose and treat problems early or even prevent problems occurring altogether, thereforeenabling the best possible outcome for your pet.

Annual health checks also offer you a great opportunity to ask us about nutrition, behaviour or any other topics.


The most important annual health screenings for dogs and cats:

Adult dogs and cats (1-6 years)

  • Vaccinations
  • Parasite check
  • Heart check
  • Dental health check
  • Blood and urine test


Additional exams for senior dogs (7+ years)

  • Osteoarthritis check
  • Chest radiograph
  • Thyroid check


Additional exams for senior cats (7+ years)

  • Osteoarthritis check
  • Kidney disease screen
  • Thyroid check
  • Blood pressure check


How often should I bring my pet for a health check?

It is recommended to visit a pet clinic each year to ensure the ongoing good health of your pet. Annual check-ups can uncover issues that you may not yet be aware of, and early intervention will ensure your pet does not need to suffer unnecessarily. Our pets age much faster than humans, which is why it is a good idea to give them a full medical exam each year to keep them healthy and happy for as long as possible.

My pets are healthy, why do I need to bring them to a vet? 

It is normal to consult a vet when your pet is injured or noticeably unwell. Because they are unable to communicate slight discomforts, your pet could be suffering without your knowledge. An annual health check will put your mind at ease knowing your pet is happy and pain-free. They may have developed a small issue that is easily rectified if caught early. Small issues in our pets can become serious issues quickly if left to advance to the point where something is noticeably wrong.

What does a health check involve? 

Your pet clinic will assess your pet for any issues, from the tip of their nose to the tip of their tail. This includes, but is not limited to, checking their eyes and ears, muscle function, skin condition, determining if there are any parasites or fleas present, length of their nails, condition of their teeth and mobility. You can also discuss behavioural issues, nutrition or any other areas of concern that you may have. Should any potential conditions be discovered, your vet will consult with you on appropriate treatments, further tests if required, and solutions. Your pet’s annual health check is also a good time to get their vaccinations up to date, saving you an extra trip.

Do health checks include vaccinations? 

It is recommended to schedule an annual check-up to coincide with your pet’s vaccination dates to make it easier to remember when they are due. Your vet will ask about your pet’s general health including their vaccine history. Vaccinations can easily be a part of an annual check if timed correctly. It saves you the need to consult your vet an additional time each year.

How do I schedule a health check for my pet? 

You can easily request an appointment online through our convenient booking system to schedule an annual check-up for your pet. This helps with your own scheduling as you can choose a time and a date that is most suitable for you. If you have any concerns before your pet check-up, you are welcome to contact our friendly team at Mittagong Vet Hospital and Clinic to book an appropriate time to suit your schedule.