The importance of health checks for your senior pet

Did you know that your pet is considered a senior when they reach seven years of age?  Our pets age faster than we do, and it is important that as they move into their senior years we take note of the subtle changes in our pet’s health and behaviour. 

If your senior pet displays any of the following behaviours or symptoms, it is important to bring these to the attention of your vet. 

  • A change in appetite
  • Discomfort on rising or after exercising
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Loss of house training
  • Bad breath, plaque or bleeding gums
  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Change to sleeping patterns
  • A persistent cough

Our pets need regular ongoing health checks as they age to monitor and delay the onset or progression of diseases.  Combined with at home observations, a health check for your senior pet will include;

  • A physical examination
  • Weight check
  • Arthritis grading
  • Dental assessment
  • Cardiac monitoring
  • Eye examination
  • Tailored nutrition plan to suit your senior pet’s need

A senior pet’s health tends to change quicker, making preventative health care more important to their wellbeing.  As a Best for Pet member you will receive; unlimited consultations, a preventative healthcare blood and urine screening each year, $250 off a dental procedure, plus more.

Some top tips for keeping your senior happy and healthy

Six monthly health checks  Six monthly check-ups are recommended to monitor any subtle changes to your senior pet’s health 
Healthy teeth Maintaining dental health aides in you pet’s overall wellbeing 
Tailored diet  Working with your vet to create a tailored nutrition plan specific to your senior pet’s needs 
Observation  If your pet changes in appearance, behaviour or appetite, this may be a sign of an underlying problem 
Regular exercise  Regular exercise helps your pet stay active and healthy into their senior years 
Routine  Senior pets love routine, so maintaining their routine helps reduce anxiety and stress 
Patience  Being patient with your senior pet is important as their hearing and sight may start to decline 
Make dinner time easy  Elevated bowls make eating and drinking more comfortable for arthritic pets, and helps prevent neck and back stiffness in your pets 
Watch your steps  Consider installing a ramp or adding a middle step to aide your pet’s joint pain when taking stairs, there are ready made options available 

To book your pet in for a health check, or to speak to one of our nurses about your senior pet’s health, please contact our clinic.