As our pets get older they are at increased risk of developing age-related disease. Early signs of disease often go unnoticed as we have a tendency to assume that these changes are associated with natural ageing. As part of their annual vaccinations our patients will receive a thorough check up once a year throughout their life, which is perfectly adequate for our younger animals, however more frequent check ups are advised for those more senior.
The International Society of Feline Medicine has now reclassified age ranges for cats, with cats considered ‘senior’ at the age of 11 and ‘super senior’ once they reach the age of 15. For dogs it is a little more complicated as breed and size can have a significant impact, with small dogs tending to live longer than large-breed dogs.
Our Senior Clinics offer a full health and dental check with one of our nurses and a discounted bundle of nail clipping, blood pressure measurement, urine testing and blood analysis.
Prevention is always better than cure, and early detection of disease can significantly improve both quality and quantity of life.