Research has shown that the ageing process can affect cats’ and dogs’ health once they reach eight years of age. The effects of this process can often be very subtle, but can be picked up at an early stage, giving you the opportunity to maintain your pet’s quality of life.
When you live with your pet day in day out, it’s quite difficult to notice subtle changes in their condition. It is easy to dismiss important changes as ‘just getting old’. We are passionate about making older age as happy and healthy as possible, we have created our very own small team of dedicated vets and nurses who have an in-depth knowledge of senior care. Their aim is to help you to recognise and understand the, signs and help you to manage the transition into, and through the senior phase of your pet’s life.
Symptoms of getting older
- Vision loss and other eye problems
- Increased/strained urination
- Bad breath, bloody gums and other oral problems
- Lumps, bumps and other skin problems
- Gaining/losing weight
- Difficulty moving about
- Behaviour and memory problems
It is easy to see that animals are affected by age in similar ways to us humans. Pets age much more quickly than we do though. Remember that one human year is roughly equivalent to seven pet years.
By the time your pet reaches eight years old this equates to a 56 year old human!
How can we help?
We have devised a Senior Pet Screening Programme and we are encouraging all animals aged eight years and over to join up and receive the following:
A wellness overview: A chance for you to tell your vet about any changes of behaviour or physical appearance you have noticed. Use our checklist (above) as a reminder of the changes you should be looking out for.
Hands on physical examination: Your vet will palpate or feel your pet’s musculoskeletal system, abdomen, head and neck areas for abnormalities. A stethoscope will be used to listen to your pet’s heart and lungs. Your pet’s eyes, ears and mouth will also be checked for age-related problems, such as cataracts, dental problems and ear canal disorders.
Diagnostic tests: Including blood work, urinalysis and blood pressure monitoring.
Detailed information and senior support pack.
What do we screen for?
- Electrolyte balance
- Thyroid level
- Dental disease
- Eye and ear disease
- Mobility and arthritis check
- Body ccoring, weight check and diet review
- Nails and skin check
- Liver health
- Kidney function
- Full blood count
- Blood pressure check (*only available in Prevention Plus Package)
The two screening options
How do I book my appointment?
Contact your usual surgery and the reception team will deal with everything for you.
Why should I have this wellness screen for my pet?
Research shows that (just as in humans), the aging process can have many different effects on the body. Ultimately, we want to give you the opportunity to gain peace of mind that everything is being done to keep your pet fit and healthy for as long as possible. These screening tests allow us to pick up problems far earlier than when symptoms start to show.
What age does he/she have to be?
All pets from the age of eight are eligible for the reduced cost screening programme.
What is included in the package?
As well as the tests highlighted in the table above, you will be given a ‘Senior pack’ that will include food samples and information relating to your pet.
How long will I be at the surgery?
You will be in consultation for approximately 30 minutes.
How and when will I get my pet’s results?
A summary of your pet’s results will be emailed or posted to you within five working days.
What happens if you detect a problem with any of the tests?
If any abnormalities are detected at the time of the consultation they will be discussed with you at that time. If any abnormalities are detected on the blood screens the vet will give you a call to discuss the results.
My pet is on the Wheelhouse Healthcare Plan - do I get a discount like I do with other preventative products?
The screening programme has been heavily discounted already so unfortunately, we are unable to provide further discounts.