This extended appointment allows the vet to conduct a thorough examination whilst also having the time to gain important information from you about your pet’s condition. Aside from seeing your pet when he/she is ill, we recommend that your pet has a thorough health check every year (but ideally every 6 months as 1 year of a dog or cat’s life is roughly equivalent to 7 of our years!). Whilst clearly very important, the annual vaccination that your pet receives is only a small part of the health check. The examination we carry out before the vaccine is given is actually a very important part of preventative health care for your pet. Pets aren’t always able to tell us when they are feeling unwell. It is for this reason that your pet should receive regular health checks to help detect abnormalities or conditions that might otherwise be missed by even the most experienced owner.