When a pet reaches approximately 8 years of age they are equivalent to retirement age in humans. As your pet reaches this stage in their life their every day requirements change. Just as the special care needed for puppies and kittens, care should be taken with elderly pets.
As pets age, two types of changes occur:
– Age related changes – such as vision and hearing loss, are normal, and develop in most animals. These changes cannot be prevented, but we can help you and your pet to adapt to these changes
– Pathological changes or diseases can, on the other hand, be prevented or successfully treated. With good care to promote health and prevent disease in senior pets, your pet can remain healthy and active well into its twilight years
One of the most important keys to helping your dog or cat live longer is meeting his or her dietary needs. Obesity and weight loss are both common in older animals. Kidney, liver or heart problems may change a pet’s requirements for sodium, phosphorus, protein and fat. Changes in activity levels and muscle mass are common in older animals, as are changes in their ability to digest and utilize nutrients. Our Veterinary Team can help you determine the type of food that’s best for your ageing pet.
Because of advances in medicine, and proper preventative care, pets, as well as people, are living longer, healthier lives. Blood tests, ECG’s , faecal tests, X-rays and urine tests are all performed frequently on senior animals. This is because many common problems of this growing population of senior citizen pets, such as kidney and heart disease, can be treated successfully if diagnosed early.
Regular examinations and follow up care by out veterinary team will help ensure that your pet continues to be your loving companion in the years to come. We highly recommend regular senior checks
Senior Wellness Clinics
What are these clinics?
Hampton Park’s Senior Wellness program involves a clinical examination by a vet and provides you with written information and advice individualised for your pet.
Why are these clinics important?
Most health care problems in cats and dogs occur during the first 6 months of life and/or in the senior years (seven years onwards). With our Senior Wellness Clinics, we regularly monitor older cats and dogs which enable us to detect problems early – when they can be best managed or treated. In addition to increasing the quality of life for your older pet, you benefit by having controlled health care costs. Early disease detection is less costly than treating a pet in a crisis episode.
What will the clinic involve:
- A 12 system comprehensive physical examination by a veterinary surgeon
Circulatory exam (including ECG)
Blood pressure measurement
Blood test to check kidney/liver functions
Urine test for signs of diabetes and possible kidney dysfunction
Dental hygiene examination and advice
Body condition score/weight assessment
Advice on recognising signs of illness and prevention of diseases
General Senior pet advice:
Congratulations on your success at caring for your pet for all these years!