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Senior Pets

Advice from Dr Kevin | March 20, 2015

We love to see senior pets! Dogs and cats age seven times faster than humans, so it is vitally important that your senior pet has an annual or twice annual health check.

Health checks in senior pets often identify health problems that owners simply aren’t aware of. For example, we often see untreated dental disease. Owners are often mistaken by their pet’s ability to still eat well. Usually, the pet has just learnt to tolerate this painful situation.

Annual blood testing for pets over ten years old is also an excellent way of detecting disease. Animals with diabetes, kidney disease, liver disease and even tumours often do not show signs of the disease until they are very sick. So screenings for diabetes, kidney disease and liver problems are important. Blood can be taken without sedation and test results received very quickly.

We also often see arthritis in senior cats and dogs. This is a painful disease. Arthritis can be easily managed with medication. If your pet has symptoms of slowing down on walks, stiffness after getting up or reduced activity levels, ask your vet about arthritis.

Suffering from high blood pressure? – your cat could be too!! High blood pressure is very common in cats and can be associated with elevated thyroid hormones, kidney disease and even blindness. Just like in humans it is easy to measure and can unearth an otherwise silent killer.