As you may already be aware our beloved pets age more rapidly than we do. This means that if your dog or cat is 10 years old this equates to between 60 and 70 human years.
During our 50's as we are getting ready to enter our
"Golden years" our doctors recommend to have more frequent health checks and also perform some thorough testing relating to some illnesses that are more common in this phase of our life.
Our pets are much the same and need to receive more frequent and regular checks as they enter their older years.
Our recommendation is that all animals over the age of 7 be given a senior wellness examination and baseline blood and urine testing be performed. Twice yearly health checks are required if our large dog is over 8 or your small dog or cat is over 10 years.
The main health areas we focus on in this life stage include:
- Kidney and liver health- Are the major internal organs functioning well?
- Mobility- Is your pet sore and stiff? Do they find it difficult getting up stairs or out of bed?
- Heart and Lungs- Is your pet coughing or breathing heavily? Is their stomach swollen?
- Eye sight and hearing- Does your pet bump into objects?
- Dental Health- Does your pet have bad breath or bleeding gums?
- Lumps and Bumps- Are there growths or bumps on their skin?
There are many conditions that can be underlying and difficult to diagnose before they start to drastically effect the health of our pets.
Some of these conditions can only be detected by blood analysis and urine analysis and by the veterinarian listening to their heart and lungs and thoroughly examining the physical health of the patient.
These conditions can include kidney disease or renal failure, heart failure and heart conditions, sore and diseased mouth and arthritis.
To ensure your pet is receiving the best possible preventative care we have organised a Senior Program which we run yearly between the months of May and June which focuses on our patients above the age of 7 years old. We promote a service that is designed to scan our Senior pets more frequently than just once a year and focus on all essential health areas that will help diagnose these conditions early. Please see the following for further details about this program.
Our Annual Senior Program
At HVC we promote an annual Senior Wellness program where we offer a health check package that includes a comprehensive physical exam and a range of health tests.
This package is offered at 50% off the normal price to encourage and make available the Senior wellness program to as many pet owners as possible.
Before the program begins we send out a letter to alert you that your pet is now at an appropriate age for these examinations.
If you are a client of ours but do not receive a Senior Wellness letter you are very welcome to be apart of this program and receive this great offer. Just call us to make an appointment on 49696852 and our friendly receptionists can assist you with more information regarding this package.
If you currently are not a client at our clinic again, we encourage and welcome you to come in and have your pet examined as part of our Senior Wellness Program. Please call us on 49 69 68 52 and our receptionists can assist you.