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Hi all,
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My golden Maddy recently turned 5 and is due for her yearly checkup and vaccines in a couple of weeks. This visit, I'd like to ask our vet to do a more in depth screening than the typical physical checkup.
Can anyone share any preventative screenings that they recommend for a golden of 5 yrs olds? Blood tests, etc?
Are there specific tests i should ask my vet to perform?

Any help is greatly appreciated
 

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The ones we do tests for every year with my Bertie (7 years old and intact) generally involve checking for thyroid problems and prostate problems. Separately (going to eye specialist) we get his eyes checked (OFA). I'd do the eye check even if he were never to be bred.

For a spayed girlie - you primarily would be concerned about thyroid.

Separately - before the appointment, do a full grooming of your dog. And while you do that check for any lumps, bumps, warts, odd pigment, anything different. This is what you need to bring up with the vet when he asks you if you have any concerns.
 

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We do yearly check ups for overall health. The vet is good at checking the mouth & overall exam but I do blood work yearly. I also do eyes at the eye specialist yearly. We have also done the visit to the cardiologist to get the heart clearance. But would include this yearly if the vet was concerned.
 

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It'd be a good age to get baseline CBC Chem/t4/free Thyroid done.
 

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I'm with the others. I do a full blood panel every year when my dog is young, and as of 7 years old, I do a twice yearly one. They don't catch everything - my last dog had had a full blood panel which came back all good just two months before we found the huge tumour tucked under her back leg (which turned out to be cancerous). But I still feel it is worth doing. They otherwise get a whole annual physical by my vet, plus I have eyes done every year at the annual certification clinic.
 
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