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.

PALLIATIVE CARE

What is palliative care?

Palliative care is referring to effective management of pain and the comfort of an animal that has a terminal illness. Palliative care focuses on maximizing the quality of their remaining time and making sure that they are comfortable and experience a good quality of life.

What does palliative care involve?

Veterinary medicine has excellent tools for managing your pet, this may include,

  • Regular visits to see your vet
  • Ongoing blood tests
  • Medication may also help, this will be discussed with you by your Vet at the time of consultation,
  • Non-drug therapies such as massage, hydrotherapy and acupuncture can also be effective.
  • Nutritional support

The objective is to relieve discomfort, relieve distress, and maintain the highest quality of life

What can we do for you?

We provide a free Nurses consult with Becky who is a senior Veterinary Nurse, for anyone who’s animals are at the end stage of their life. These consults will help you become aware of how to measure your pet’s quality of life, any illness that is a result of their condition, nutrition advice, or just to talk and support you and answer any questions you might have.

We can also formulate a plan of care that meets your needs, as well as your pets.

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