Pets age much faster than humans do, so when your pet reaches his/her senior years, we recommend regular (preferably 6-monthly) health checks.

Early diagnosis of diseases commonly seen as your pet ages can dramatically improve quality of life.  While some age-related diseases may not be preventable, early detection and intervention is the key to successful management.

Senior pet checkups should involve a general physical examination combined with urine and blood tests (cbc, chemistry profile and in cats, thyroid tests).  Any new lumps found can be checked, and we can identify any dental disease causing your pet discomfort.  We may recommend further testing based on findings of the examination (eg heart checks if we detected a murmur).

You should observe your aging pet for any of the following:

  • Appetite changes and weight loss/gain
  • Diarrhoea or constipation
  • Toileting issues (eg urinating indoors)
  • Excessive thirst
  • Any problems with urination – changes in frequency, volume or straining
  • New lumps or bumps
  • Cough (especially if it becomes frequent or regular)
  • Any confusion, disorientation, anxiety or changes in sleep patterns
  • Difficulty rising, walking, climbing stairs, or getting in the car
  • Lameness and stiffness of joints
  • Loss of hearing or vision
  • Loss of balance

Keep a record of anything you notice and discuss it with us at your appointment.