In recent years our pets have been living longer than before. This has been attributed to better management and screening for disease as well as the increased availability of medications and commercial diets.
Aging is inevitable and is not a disease but a perfectly natural process which affects us all! The effects of aging on your pet (such as changes in mobility etc) can be successfully monitored and therefore managed. This management can be much more effective if these changes are picked up early, and ultimately can improve your pets quality (and length) of life.
Cats and dogs are generally considered to be senior from the age of 8 years old, however especially in dogs this can vary with their breed - if you are unsure please ask your vet.
Senior pets are more prone to age-related conditions such as:
The tests which are performed during a senior health check can help tp identify some of these conditions early, which improve our chances of being able to manage them effectively. Managing one condition can also help to prevent others; for example and overweight pet is more likely to develop diabetes or arthritis.
Many of us dismiss our pets problems as being due to old age or not significant enough to warrant a visit to the vet. Leaving these problems can allow them to progress meaning the treatment intensity and costs required can significantly increase.
There are three levels of senior clinic available - bronze, silver and gold.
You should choose the level that best suits you and your pets needs. If you require any help choosing a level, or wish to book a senior health check, please contact the surgery.
We look forward to seeing you and your pet very soon!