To ensure your cat enjoys a long and healthy life, it’s essential that you bring them in for a yearly check-up with the vet, even if they seem perfectly healthy. Cats are masters when it comes to concealing signs of illness and pain from their owners, so your cat may have a health condition that you don’t know about. Happily, an experienced veterinarian can perform a comprehensive evaluation of your cat’s health during one of these check-up appointments and address any issues before they impact your pet’s quality of life.

The physical examination we offer is comprehensive and includes:

  • Eye and ear examinations
  • Rectal examination
  • Dental examination
  • Neurologic evaluation
  • Cardiovascular evaluation
  • Weight evaluation and nutrition counselling
  • Coat and skin evaluation
  • Abdominal palpation
  • Urinary system evaluation
  • Reproductive system evaluation
  • Musculoskeletal evaluation
  • Lung evaluation
  • Behavioural counselling

Why do I need to bring my cat in for a yearly check-up?

Bringing your cat in for their annual examination helps to ensure that health conditions are diagnosed and addressed before they cause your pet serious discomfort. In many cases, early diagnosis means a better prognosis, a simpler treatment course, faster recovery and fewer vet bills. Yearly examinations are also the perfect time for you to ask the vet any questions you might have about your cat’s lifestyle or behavioural issues.

Senior cats

Senior cats over 7 years need to have their health monitored more closely than younger cats as at this age, health conditions tend to be more frequent and develop faster. For these reasons, we recommend bringing your senior cat in for a check-up once every six months. Visit our senior cats page to learn more about some of the health conditions affecting our older feline friends.

Pet Care

  • The development of dental disease in pets can be affected by the animal’s breed, oral anatomy, diet and age. Dental disease is one of the most common problems we see in veterinary practice and it needs to be managed with a multi-targeted approach. Regular check-ups with the vet will help to identify any dental issues …
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  • Following yesterday’s announcement by the Victorian Government, we can now say with certainty that we will remain open during the Stage 4 restrictions. We are pleased that the government has recognised the important role our pets play in our lives and community. By remaining open during these Stage 4 restrictions, Vets on Balwyn is here …
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  • Thanks to better nutrition, disease prevention and proper home care, cats are now living longer than ever before. Senior cats have recently been redefined as cats over the age of 11 years, but it’s not uncommon for us to see a ‘super-senior’ feline over the age of 18 years. We have even had the pleasure …
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