Our older pets give us lots of love and companionship – in return we care for their needs to the best of our ability, hoping to give them the best quality of life possible, and prolong their life.
Pets are considered elderly from about the age of 8 years, and it is from that age that their needs change.
These clinics are to make owners aware of problems that can occur in mature animals. They are aimed at early detection of disease, illness or pain.
At 7+ years of age, we will organise to have regular examinations of your pet and discuss aspects of nutrition and exercise requirements in the older pet.
As your pet gets older we will then have an opportunity to monitor disease and illness via physical examination, blood sampling and blood pressure checks.
What happens in the clinics?
First of all your pet will be given a thorough physical examination to include:
- Weight checks
Vaccinations, worming and diet advice can be discussed at length by any of the qualified Veterinary Nurses or Veterinary Surgeons.
Added extras your pet could benefit from……
(full estimates will be given for any work requested or required)
We request that you bring along a fresh urine sample to the clinic, which we can test in our laboratory. The sample is best collected first thing in the morning, and male dogs tend to make it slightly easier for us than females! If you use a long shallow dish and quietly pop it under your pet while it urinates, it should be nice and easy.
Parameters tested with urinalysis can indicate problems such as Urinary Tract Infections, Diabetes Mellitus and early kidney problems.
A physical examination can give an assessment of your pets’ basic general health. It is easy to forget that our pets’ internal organs are also beginning to change, and one easy blood sample can give important information on :
- Kidney function