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.

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Enrol your aging pet in our SILVER PAWS healthcare plan.

For a one-off payment you will receive a full 12 months care.

Ask our friendly staff about prices.

The Silver Paws club is a new health program catering specifically to cats and dogs over 8 years old. Regular health checks are important at any age, but as our pets grow older they become prone to many more health problems such as kidney disease, hyperthyroidism, arthritis, diabetes, heart disease and many more.
Cats and dogs age much faster than humans, which means your 8 year old cat is really about 48 in human years, and your 8 year old dog is approximately 51. Our pets age about 4-7 years to our 1 year so you can see why we need to see them more often as they become senior patients.
We can treat many of these health problems easily, but we need to identify them early on to give your pet the best possible chance at a long healthy life. Many of these problems develop slowly, so certain changes in your pet may go unnoticed, especially if you are only making once a year vet visits.

As a member of the Silver Paws Club your pet will receive the following each year:

  • A full veterinary check up on enrolment, and another after 6 months.   Includes a dental checkup, mobility assessment, heart check, vision, hearing and advice on caring for aging pets.
  • Diet advice
  • 1 full blood panel – including hyperthyroid testing for cats
  • 6 monthly urinalysis tests – including urine sediment examination with our pathologist.
  • 6 monthly blood pressure readings for cats.
  • 4 nail clips with one of our qualified nurses (generally once every 3 months).
  • Note that the Silver Paws club is all about early detection of diseases associated with aging.  Treatment of any problems encountered is not included in the cost.
  • To become a member of our exclusive Silver Paws Club give us a call on 332 6632 or pop in to our clinic and speak to one of our friendly Vets or Nurses.