Just like people, older pets are more likely to suffer from health problems, such as arthritis, diabetes and kidney disease. However, our pets often try to hide the early signs of these problems until the condition is fairly advanced.
At The Veterinary Centre, we are passionate about preventative and geriatric medicine. Our Head Nurse, Nicola McFadden has designed our Senior Clinics to help detect the early signs of age-related conditions, so that we can then begin care and management of symptoms sooner.
Very often, the early stages of geriatric conditions can be treated and controlled with simple changes to diet and exercise. Initiating these changes early on often help our ageing pets to continue living happily for longer, before later long-term medications may need to be considered.
Is My Pet ‘Senior’?
Pets are considered as senior when they fall into the following age categories for each species:
- Cats - over 7 years of age.
- Large Dogs - over 6 years of age.
- Medium Dogs - over 7 years of age.
- Small Dogs - over 8 years of age.
We also treat younger pets that have been diagnosed with an early-onset disease, such as osteoarthritis.
What is involved in the Senior Clinics?
Clinics are 45-minute appointments with the veterinary nurse. During these appointments, the nurse will run a series of select tests which are designed to identify a wide range of age-related conditions.
Specifically, the senior clinic includes:
- Nurse Consultation – A Veterinary Nurse will go through a tailored questionnaire with you to identify any areas that may be of concern. The nurse will conduct all tests and give you advice on how to spot age-related health conditions that your pet may have recently developed.
- Blood Testing – This will screen for a range of liver and kidney conditions that can affect older pets. As we may need to run additional tests for diagnosis of specific diseases. This is a basic health panel.
- Urine Testing – These also provide further indication of various conditions, such as diabetes.
- Blood Pressure Monitoring – To screen for high blood pressure. If present, this can affect various organs, including kidneys, eyes, heart and the brain.
- Written Assessment – A specially designed assessment which will ask various questions about your pet’s breathing, digestion and behaviour etc.
- Vet Consultation – Following testing, the nurse will schedule you a consultation appointment at a later date where the vet will relay results and offer treatment recommendations for your pet.
How much will it cost?
Our introductory offer for these clinics is currently £69.99.
As a practice, we are passionate about the ongoing care for senior pets. If you would like further information about what is involved in the Senior Clinic and how it might benefit your pet, please do give us a call on 0141 339 1228.