Senior Pet Health Check - October - December 2017

This month we are offering free nurse health checks for all dogs and cats over 8 years old.

Animals age more quickly than humans. Dogs and cats are generally considered geriatric at the age of 8 years. Large breed dogs tend to have a shorter life span so may be considered geriatric from the age of 6 years.

Although we cannot stop our pets from getting older, we can delay the signs of ageing through good management and regular health checks. In early stages, some of your senior pet's problems may not be obvious, and the gradual onset of health problems, in an apparently healthy pet often go unnoticed. Having your pet checked regularly will allow us to detect problems early. We all think that as an animal gets older they tend to slow down a lot, however this may be due to an underlying medical problem.

Problems that often occur in older animals are:

•  heart conditions
•  arthritis
•  kidney disease
•  dental problems
•  liver disease
•  thyroid disease
•  diabetes
•  mental health issues

During the health we will check any lumps or bumps that may have developed as your pets has aged. Often these lumps are benign, harmless, fatty lumps but occasionally they can be something more sinister. We will examine your pet's mouth for any dental problems and check their heart for any abnormalities. A urine screen and blood test can be taken to check for illnesses that are common in geriatric animals. With early detection these conditions can often be treatable and will greatly improve your pet's quality of life.

Senior pet screening package (following nurse health check) Includes:

•  In house Blood sample

•  In house urine sample analysis

•  Consultation with the veterinary surgeon.

Normal price £113
Offer price £69.00

Even if they are no abnormalities detected at your pet's health check, the information we gather will give us a valuable base line on what is normal for your pet. This information is essential for the future if you ever have any concerns about your pet's health.

Older animals have different nutritional requirements than younger ones. They require a reduction in fat and sodium and an increase in fibre in their diet. In general, older animals are less active, especially if they are neutered, this means they are more prone to obesity.

Weight management is crucial to maintain a target weight to minimise the load on the joints and heart. Obesity has been shown to reduce life expectancy in pets by an average of 2 years. Our clinics will assess your pet's weight and if necessary help you take steps to reduce it.