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234 Power Road, Endeavour Hills, Vic 3802

 

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REGULAR HEALTH CHECKS

“Our Commitment To Your Pet Lies In The Quality Of Our Care”

It’s not easy keeping our pets healthy. After all, dogs and cats are frequently exposed to organisms that can cause disease or illness. Even pets that never go outdoors are at risk. What’s more, pets age seven times faster, on average, than people. That means major health changes can occur in a short amount of time

Pets age seven times faster on average than people do. Most pets are adults by age 2, middle-aged by 4, and by age 7, many dogs, particularly larger breeds, are seniors. Because pets age so rapidly, health problems can occur in a relatively short time frame. We do recommend 6 monthly visits. With twice-a-year pet wellness exams and risk assessment we can help detect, treat and, ideally, prevent health problems before they pose a risk to your pet. In simplistic terms every 6 months your pet comes to visit us is about the equivalent of you seeing your family doctor once every 3½ years!

Twice-a-year wellness exams provide two key benefits.

First, they allow us to diagnose, treat and prevent health problems before they become serious.
Second, wellness exams are a great opportunity for you to review your pet’s behavior, nutrition, flea, intestinal worm, heartworm, tick control, and other issues on a regular basis.

It is a well known fact that twice-a-year wellness exams can and do save lives. We do recommend that you call us on 1300-838-738 (1300-VET-PET), if your pet has not been to us in the last 6 months. We always hear about how much a pet means to an owner and that they are willing to do everything for their pet, but sadly enough this is not reflected when it comes to the health and well being of the pet. It is a fact that less than 14% of pets are presented for regular health checks. Be sure to schedule your pet’s six-month exam today, if you have not done so as yet.

The goal of a pet wellness program is to prevent or minimize disease or injury, improve your pet's quality of life, and help your pet enjoy a healthy life for as long as possible.

Here is a list of some of the most important health screenings for cats and dogs. We may recommend additional tests depending on your pet's health history and other factors.

Adult dogs (1-6 years)

  • Immunizations
  • Osteoarthritis check
  • Parasite check
  • Chest radiograph
  • Heartworm check
  • Thyroid check
  • Dental health
  • Blood panel (CBC)
  • Chemistry panel
  • Urinalysis

Additional exams for senior dogs (7+ years)

  • Osteoarthritis check
  • Chest radiograph
  • Thyroid check

Adult cats (1-6 years)

  • Immunizations
  • Osteoarthritis check
  • Parasite check
  • Chest radiograph
  • Heartworm check
  • Thyroid check
  • Dental health
  • Blood panel (CBC)
  • Chemistry panel
  • Urinalysis

Additional exams for senior cats (7+ years)

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

 

The top 10 conditions seen at Veterinary practices in the varying Age Groups for Dogs and Cats are listed below:-

 

DOGS

  • 0 to 7 Years Age Group
    • Healthy - 32.4%
    • Oral disease - 5.8%
    • Otitis externa (ear) - 5.8%
    • Dermatopathy (skin) - 3.6%
    • Lameness - 1.3%
    • Roundworms - 1.2%
    • Conjunctivitis - 1.2%
    • Fleas - 1.1%
    • Laceration - 1.0%
    • Anal sac disease - 1.0%

 

  • 7 to 10 Years Age Group
    • Healthy - 15.0%
    • Oral disease - 13.7%
    • Otitis externa (ear) -  5.8%
    • Dermatopathy (skin) - 3.2%
    • Tumor - 2.0%
    • Lipoma - 1.9%
    • Conjunctivitis - 1.2%
    • Arthritis - 1.2%
    • Anal sac disease - 1.2%
    • Lameness - 1.1%
  • 10 Years And Older Age Group
    • Oral disease - 13.6%
    • Healthy - 6.9%
    • Nuclear sclerosis - 3.1%
    • Arthritis - 3.0%
    • Tumor - 2.8%
    • Otitis externa (ear) - 2.7%
    • Cardiac murmur (heart) - 2.4%
    • Lipoma - 2.3%
    • Cataract - 2.2%
    • Dermatopathy (skin) - 1.5%

 

CATS

  • 0 to 7 Years Age Group
    • Healthy - 34.2%
    • Oral disease - 9.9%
    • Ear mites - 4.4%
    • Fleas - 2.7%
    • Cat bite abscess - 2.6%
    • Upper respiratory infection - 2.2%
    • Tapeworms - 2.0%
    • Conjunctivitis - 1.7%
    • Roundworms - 1.4%
    • Dermatopathy (skin) - 1.3%

 

  • 7 to 10 Years Age Group
    • Oral disease - 20.1%
    • Healthy - 18.9%
    • Cat bite abscess - 2.5%
    • Dermatopathy (skin) - 2.3%
    • Obesity - 1.6%
    • Fleas - 1.5%
    • Animal bites - 1.5%
    • Ear mites - 1.4%
    • Upper respiratory infection - 1.3%
    • Vomiting - 1.3%
  • 10 Years And Older Age Group
    • Oral disease - 19.5%
    • Healthy - 11.9%
    • Chronic renal failure (kidney) - 2.4%
    • Weight loss - 2.0%
    • Cardiac murmur (heart) - 1.8%
    • Hyperthyroidism - 1.8%
    • Tumor - 1.7%
    • Diabetes mellitus - 1.4%
    • Cat bite abscess - 1.4%
    • Vomiting - 1.3%

 

To ease the financial burden on yourself we do recommend that you consider pet health insurance

  • When your pet's wellness exams, vaccinations and other preventive care costs are covered by pet health insurance, both you and your pet benefit.
  • Your pet needs preventive and routine treatments and procedures throughout its life to maintain good health. With pet health insurance, your pet will most likely receive the important routine care more often, and on time.
  • You’ll have greater peace of mind knowing you’re providing life-saving, life-enhancing care from a us on a regular basis.
  • You’ll make optimal healthcare decisions for your pet based on its needs and your our recommendation, rather than on the cost of treatment.
  • Pet health insurance can reimburse you for unexpected medical expenses like ear infections, poisonings, foreign object removal, cancer and the likes
  • Even the most well-cared-for pets can experience a sudden illness or injury.
  • Advances in veterinary medicine can improve your pet's longevity and quality of life. With pet health coverage, you could spend even more healthy years with your pet.

We do recommend that you research the various pet health insurance providers before taking out pet health insurance.

Below is a list of pet insurers, which you can consider:-

We are not in a position to endorse one pet insurance provider over another.

As you can appreciate the problems are many and will need to be identified. It is therefore recommended that your pet is seen by us at the earliest, to prevent the problem progressing and causing other complications. Early recognition and treatment means that your pet will recover sooner, and will therefore be far more comfortable. It is not only significantly more difficult to treat a pet in an advanced stage of the disease, as well as far more expensive, but one also has to take into account the significant pain and stress your pet is under by not being treated at the earliest.

We sincerely recommend that you please call us on 1300-838-738 (1300-VET-PET) to schedule an appointment at the earliest. We do not believe in berating our clients for presenting the pets late, as we believe that this is counter productive. It is not our intention to cause you any embarrassment, offence or anxiety. Our approach is now that you have presented your pet to us, how do we go forward from here, not only keeping your pet’s welfare at heart, but also working with your wishes and limiting factors. We do approach all cases presented to us with a level of sensitivity. As pet health care professionals we will present our assessment and treatment in a professional manner and factually as possible.

You may not be aware that in older pets multiple problems often arise as aging affects all body systems. As pets age they become increasingly vulnerable to diseases. The three leading causes of non accidental death in pets are cancer, kidney disease and heart disease. Older animals seldom suffer from a single disease. One problem may markedly influence the course of another. Ageing is characterised by progressive and irreversible change. Pets are likely to start having diseases associated with ageing between 7 and 13 years. Smaller dogs tend to live longer than large dogs. The quality and length of life of older pets can be improved through regular health checks (every 6 months). A thorough clinical examination will help define some of these problems.

Because we do care for the welfare and interest of your pet, we do go out of way to ensure that your pet can access medical or surgical attention in time of its need. It would also interest you to know that:-

  1. We do pride ourselves in the quality of our services.
  2. We do provide a 24 hour on call service.
  3. We also offer payment plans through a third party, provided you meet the criteria as set out by the financing institute.
  4. If you cannot bring your pet to us, we will come to you as we do have a fully equipped pet ambulance.
  5. We also do house calls.
  6. Your pet will receive a very high level of care given the level of diagnostic and monitoring equipment that we have on hand.
  7. We do welcome you to take a personal tour of our facility.
  8. We also provide pet grooming services
  9. We also provide puppy classes. Puppies are trained not only indoors, but also outdoors, being exposed to outdoor noises and traffic in a controlled environment. The puppy training classes are run by Ms Julie Pocknee.
  10. We do care for our wildlife, and work very closely with wildlife carers providing veterinary care where needed.
  11. We take an active part in community services and proudly support Service Dog Training, by way of providing veterinary services to working dogs of individuals with disabilities. Please see www.servicedogtraining.com.au

If you have not used our services before, we do suggest that you try our services and see the differences for yourself. From our analysis we find that over 30% of all new patients are referred to us by existing clients, and a further 25% of all new patients are brought in by existing clients. Our clients travel from as far as Camberwell, Clayton, Fitzroy, Ringwood, Chelsea, St Kilda, Port Melbourne, Pakenham, to name but a few. From the level of service we provide, you would come to understand that we are not your average Veterinary Services provider. We do recommend that you bookmark our web address www.petcarevet.com.au

Our staff are very friendly and courteous. We are very easily accessible. We are located at 234 Power Road, Endeavour Hills, at the intersection of Power Road and Heatherton Road, Endeavour Hills, just off the Monash Freeway. Please note that parking is at the rear.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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