As with people, early detection of medical problems is the key to treatment success. Because pets age so rapidly (five to eight times faster than humans), major health changes can occur in a short amount of time.

The risk of cancer, diabetes, obesity, arthritis, heart disease and other serious conditions all increase with age. And because today’s pets are living longer than ever, chances are many will experience a potentially serious illness during their lifetime.

We recommend six monthly health checks, which can help your veterinarian diagnose, treat or even prevent problems before they become life threatening.

They’re also a great opportunity to ask us about nutrition, behaviour and other issues.