Is your pet ‘just getting old?’ or is there something we can help you with to improve their quality of life?
As your pet enters their twilight years, we know how important it is for them to have a good quality of life.
When they age, they cannot tell us if something aches or if they feel unwell in themselves. Bringing them to a senior clinic will allow us to assess their general health, pick up on any subtle changes in their behaviour that could indicate a health issue, and offer you advice on how to best care for your senior pet
Older pets have different nutritional needs to a younger pet, an we can advise you on diet and treats.
Good dental health is paramount when your pet gets older. We can check teeth and advise on the best way for you to care for your pet's teeth to prevent further issues as they age.
Finally, it is important to ensure that your pet is still mobile. A change in their behaviour could indicate there there is something wrong. Arthritis and joint conditions could set in, and like humans, animals start to slow down. We can advise on exercise, supplements (if appropriate) and nutrition should your pet require a specific diet.
At one of our senior clinic appointments we can discuss any of the following and more:
- Pain relief, joint care supplements and diets - Probably the most importance consideration for elderly animals is pain relief. Many chronic joint diseases and the wear and tear suffered by the joints of a dog in his lifetime can culminate in pain. There are ways of managing this with diet, exercise, supplements and pain relief.
- Feeding to optimise brain functioning and mobility - There is strong evidence to support the use of certain diets and supplements to prevent / delay the onset of brain ageing.
- Chronic Renal Insufficiency: Kidney disease in ageing cats - We can discuss ways of monitoring the condition and how to reduce the speed of progression. Most importantly we can discuss how to optimise quality of life.
- Checking for Lumps - What is a concern and what isn’t?