Health Checks

Health Checks

At McGrath's Hill Veterinary Centre we are a walk in clinic, which means there is no need to make an appointment to see our veterinarians. We provide our clients and patients 15 - 30 minutes for consultations to get to know and have an understanding of all the patients and owners needs.

Regular health checks for your animal will give us an idea if there is any underlying health issues and changes. Annual health checks also offer you a great opportunity to ask us about nutrition, behaviour or any other topics.

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, obesity and other serious conditions all increase with age. 


HEALTH CHECK LIST (What is included?)

The most important annual health screenings for dogs and cats:


Puppies and Kittens

  • Vaccinations:
    • 1st vaccination 6-8 weeks of age - C3
    • 2nd Vaccination 10-12 weeks of age - C5 or C7
    • 3rd Vaccination 14-16 weeks of age - C5 or C7
  • Parasite check and discuss treatment options for fleas, ticks, intestinal worms, mites and heartworm
  • Heart check
  • Respiratory check
  • Hernia check
  • Check of the genitals
  • Muscular and Skeletal check
  • Dental check
  • Diet check and advice
  • De-sexing advice
  • Puppy Preschool and Training Information

Dogs and cats Aged 1-6 years

  • Physical examination
  • Vaccinations
  • Parasite check
  • Heart check
  • Dental health check
  • Gait Assessment
  • Muscular and Skeletal Check
  • Blood test to have a marker set of bloods for when the dog is a senior

Additional examinations for senior dogs and cats (7+ years)

  • Osteoarthritis check
  • Blood Tests to monitor liver and kidney function
  • Urinalysis
  • Chest radiograph
  • Thyroid check
  • Blood Pressure check

If you are wanting to bring your animal in for a general health check or consultation, come in during our consultation times:

Monday to Friday: 8am - 11am & 4pm - 7pm Saturday & Sunday: 9am - 12pm