Consultations & Check-ups

Consultations & Check-ups

If you recently took in a dog or kitten, you may be wondering about the best way to care for them. Palmwoods Veterinary Clinic is proud to offer pet consultations, which can make the adjustment of owning and caring for a pet a lot easier.

Pets provide companionship, loyalty and affection for people of all ages and are a valuable addition to any family. At Palmwoods Veterinary Clinic, our pet care consultations are about 15 minutes long to ensure we have enough information to give you and your pet the personalised care you both deserve.

Our experienced team will advise you on how to care for your pet throughout every stage of its life. We can also assist with weight management and keeping your pet healthy in their senior years. Our networked computer system keeps a record of your pet’s weight, medical treatments, nutritional requirements, flea and tick prevention, heartworm and other worming treatments and blood test results to ensure your pet’s care is kept up to date.

In consultations, we discuss diagnostic and treatment options thoroughly, so you can make the best health decisions for your pet. We then take the most appropriate course of action according to your wishes and individual needs.
During the consultation, our qualified vets will enquire after the general health of your pet and provide advice, prescriptions and tailored care to help resolve any number of issues. These may include some of the following:
  • Old dog incontinence
  • Arthritic diagnosis
  • Behavioural problems
  • Eye, skin & ear problems
  • General malaise or sickness
  • Dental problems
  • Injuries
  • Pregnancy concerns
We also love to assist new pet owners, as we understand the challenges you may be facing during the first days of bringing a cat or dog into your world!
If you recently took in a puppy, we recommend that you:
  • Purchase insurance for your new dog. Please see our information sheet on insurance for more about this topic.
  • Invest in suitable bedding, such as washable rugs, cushions or blankets provided in a weatherproof kennel or indoors.
  • Ensure your yard is dog-proof. Your dog should never be left unsupervised when tethered.
If you added a cat to your home, we recommend that you:
  • Contact your local council and enquire about its regulations regarding such things as night curfews, compulsory containment within a property, desexing and microchipping before you bring the cat into your home or apartment.
  • Understand a cat’s housing needs. They enjoy having a basket, box or chair in a safe place, while you can also set up a covered and weatherproof cat enclosure if you plan to keep it outside.
  • Invest in a scratching post for your cat to keep their claws in good condition for climbing and defending themselves.
  • Conduct toilet training for your cat while keeping the litter tray clean each day. Cats care a lot about being clean, and an unclean tray could put them off potty training.
  • Ensure that you are creating an environment where your cat can get plenty of exercise, whether it is indoors or outside.
New pet owners are encouraged to book an appointment with Palmwoods Veterinary Clinic for a pet care consultation with one of our specialists.

Health Check-Ups

Pets, on average, age 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 dogs, particularly larger breeds, are entering their senior years.

Given the rapid aging of pets and the importance of early decisions on their long term health, it is critical to consult with a veterinarian regarding pet care strategies.

Palmwoods Veterinary Clinic is not only the best place to visit when your pet is sick or injured but also to receive advice regarding proactive steps you can take starting today.

Since pets age so rapidly, significant health changes can occur in a short amount of time. The risk of cancer, diabetes, obesity, arthritis, heart disease and other severe conditions all increase with age.

Since pets today are living longer than ever, the chances are that many may experience a potentially serious illness during their lifetime. Annual health checks can help your veterinarian diagnose, treat or even prevent problems before they become life-threatening. They’re also an excellent opportunity to ask us about nutrition, behaviour or any other issues.

Pet Health Checklist

The most important annual health screenings for dogs and cats:
Adult dogs and cats (1-6 years)
  • Vaccinations
  • Parasite check
  • Heart check
  • Dental health
  • Blood test
  • Chemistry panel
  • Urinalysis
Additional exams for senior dogs (7+ years)
  • Osteoarthritis check
  • Chest radiograph
  • Thyroid check
Additional exams for senior cats (7+ years)
  • Osteoarthritis check
  • Renal disease screen
  • Thyroid check
  • Blood pressure check

Call us today to book a health check for your pet with one of our vets.