As our pets get older they will develop signs of ageing – signs which may be visible to us such as greying around the face to signs not so obvious such as changes to their internal health.
A regular senior health checkup from the age of 7 years will help us keep a close eye out for these changes and give your older pet the care that he/she needs.
How often should my senior pet be seen for a health check?
At High Street Road Animal Hospital, we recommend a Senior Health Check consultation every 6 months from the age of 7 years. This can coincide with their annual vaccination consultation, so you only need to have two routine visits a year with us.
How often should my senior pet have blood work done?
How often should my senior pet have other tests done?
A urine examination should be done every 6 months. We can provide a urine collection pot for you to collect at home at your convenience, or we can collect urine at the Senior Health Checkup.
For our feline senior pets, we advise the addition of a blood pressure check every 6 months. This can be done stress-free in a matter of minutes using a soft cuff around their leg or tail.
Did you know?
Dogs and cats over seven years of age are classed as senior!
These animals are more likely to develop age related disease such as kidney and liver problems, heart disease, hormonal diseases, diabetes, thyroid abnormalities, tumours and arthritis.
Often these diseases can be very advanced before the pet shows any sign that anything is wrong.
Early diagnosis means these diseases can be treated and managed to ensure your pet maintains the best possible health well into their senior years.
We place great importance on pro-active healthcare for senior pets and with this in mind, we have started the Senior Pet Health Program.
Senior Pet Health Program
- 6 monthly health checks, including a full clinical exam to identify any problems.
- A yearly blood profile and six monthly urine tests for earlier diagnosis and treatment of potential problems- at a reduced price.
- 6 monthly blood pressure check for our feline senior pets.
- FREE dental check-ups throughout the year
- FREE weight exams and nutritional advice.
Early detection enables us to treat problems that arise and help maintain your senior pet’s health.
We recommend feeding Premium pet foods such as Hills Science Diet which are made from high quality ingredients. This results in less flatulence, smaller stools, shinier coats and healthier bowels.
It is important to feed a diet that is suited to your senior pet. Individual dogs and cats vary in exercise and activity levels, body condition and general health. There is a wide range of diets available and our friendly team can help advise on the best diet for your pet.