Golden Oldies Package.
Like people, our pets are living longer than ever before.
It’s not unusual for us to see cats in excess of 16 years old still living a healthy happy life, and there are well dogs running around the park well over 12 years old. Old age itself is not a disease, and when your senior pet starts showing signs that you may attribute to ‘old age’ it is more likely he or she has a condition that may be entirely manageable if caught early enough. It is very possible that we can improve their quality and even quantity of life if we can identify and treat the problem in a timely manner.
Health Problems associated with old age
As with humans, the longer our pets live, the more health problems they are likely to develop. Sometimes, unfortunately more than one illness will be present in the same patient and it can be a challenge to balance the treatment of these problems whilst maximising the patient’s quality of life.
It’s not all bad news though! Many common illnesses can be diagnosed by your Vet in a consultation following a thorough physical exam of your pet and discussion with you, the owner. Often a urine and blood test are necessary to get a more complete picture of what is going on, and we can even measure your pet’s blood pressure.
High blood pressure is a very common problem especially in older cats and if it’s present it is important that it is treated to prevent further organ damage.
If your Vet suspects that your pet is becoming arthritic or needs lifelong medication for other reasons, then a blood and urine test is a good way to check that the liver and kidneys are functioning adequately enough to deal with any prescribed drugs.
A thorough check-up, urine and blood test can allow your Veterinary Surgeon to diagnose or rule out the following common conditions:
- Diabetes mellitus
- Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid)
- Renal failure
- Liver failure
- Cushing’s disease
- Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid)
- Senile cognitive dysfunction
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Heart problems
Golden Oldies Package.
At Nine Mile Vet Group we know how important older pets and their welfare is, but also understand that diagnostic tests are not always easy to afford. For these reasons we have devised a ‘Golden Oldies’ package for older pets which includes a full blood test, urine test, complete physical examination and blood pressure measurements all for £77. This is a saving of £82 on having all of the procedures done in a consultation and as such this is better than half price. This package is available to cats over the age of 10 and dogs over 8 years of age.
Depending on your pet, your Vet may want to keep him or her in for the day to do the tests, or your pet may be calm enough to have these tests done while you wait. The blood and urine are sent to an external laboratory, and we normally will have the results the following day. When your Vet has all of the results, they will discuss the findings with you and formulate the best plan for your pet, including any treatment or special diets that may be required.
As part of our commitment to older pets, we will also be providing free blood pressure checks and urine tests to cats over 10 years and dogs over 8 years if your Vet feels it’s necessary.