Senior Dog Clinic
As pets get older their everyday needs, exercise and feeding plans may need to be altered to keep them healthy. It is common in their senior years to develop, as well as many others:
- Cognitive dysfunction
With support from your veterinary practice these conditions can usually be managed relatively easily if caught early to keep your pet comfortable.
The senior pet clinic aims to:
- Advise you on the different preventative health options suitable for your pet
- Create treatment plans
- Regularly monitor your pets condition
The above allows us to recognise any changes and alter any treatment plans as necessary to ensure they are living out their senior years happy and comfortable.
Senior Cat Clinic
Senior cat clinics for cats over the age of 12 years.
This appointment with the nurse includes:
- Weight check
- Dental examination
- Nail trimming
- Grooming/removal of simple mats
- Urine concentration test
These regular checks are important as your cat gets older because picking up changes early enables early diagnosis and treatment, which could considerably improve your cat’s quality of life.
Like people, cats slow down as they age. Some cats become friendlier and want to spend more time with their owners, whilst others become grumpier and don’t like to be touched. Many cats will spend more time sleeping and go outside less. However; changes in personality and routine can also be a sign of pain or illness and so should be discussed with a vet or nurse.
Kidney disease, arthritis, dental disease, high blood pressure and over active thyroid glands are all common conditions in older cats.
Cats are particularly prone to kidney disease; with at least 30% of cats over the age of 12 having some degree of kidney dysfunction.
In the early stages of kidney dysfunction your cats can appear completely normal. As kidney disease progresses, cats may have an increased thirst, lose weight and have a reduced appetite – although these signs typically only become noticeable after 60% of kidney function is lost!
This makes regular screening for early kidney dysfunction essential in senior cats, as the earlier the diagnosis, the longer these cats are expected to live. This quick and simple screening test measures the concentration of your cat’s urine – if it is too dilute the vet may suggest a blood test to assess kidney function further.
There is lots we can do to slow down the disease progression of Osteoarthritis. During clinics many subjects will be covered including: diet plans, weight, pain monitoring,home interventions, referral to physiotherapist or hypnotherapist, supplements, urine and blood tests, nails and exercise.
Our dogs and cats can suffer a multitude of emotional problems living in the modern days’ hustle and bustle.
Debbie one of our qualified veterinary nurses has a wealth of experience working with animals with behavioural issues. She has completed the Graduate Certificate in Professional Studies in animal behaviour. We can offer assistance and treatment available around the following:
- Canine and feline “aggression”
- Feline house-soiling and marking
- Anxiety in dogs and cats, such as noise phobia, cognitive disorder (dementia), inter-cat “aggression”, cat to human “aggression”
For very complex or time sensitive cases we may refer you to our qualified behaviour partners.
Find more information on our Behavioural Service here
Blood Pressure Clinics
This is a clinic designed for the monitoring of blood pressure. It's quick, easy and minimally invasive with the use of our new blood pressure monitor. It will help in the diagnosis of many conditions including kidney disease. Blood pressure monitoring is advised in cats greater than 8 years of age.
We all know that brushing our teeth twice a day can reduce dental disease, bad breath and oral problems, but did you know that you should be brushing your pets’ teeth too.
Your 15 minute appointment with our nurse team will:
- Help you learn how to care for your pet’s teeth, including preventative dental treatment and how to clean your pet’s teeth on a regular basis.
- Advise you on the best way to feed your pet to avoid dental problems from developing
Poor dental health can cause many health conditions that often lead to dental procedures that require a general anaesthetic.
Following a treatment plan is extremely important when dealing with a diabetic patient.
Our nurses can offer the following:
- Specialist nutrition advice
- Up to date advice and quash any myths; of which there are many!
- Help you learn how to give daily injections
- Help you learn how to perform glucose curves
- Answer any questions you may have
End of Life Clinics
We are always here to help you and your pet, even in the toughest times. This is why offer an End of Life clinic to support owners when the time may come to make a difficult decision. We are happy to discuss and answer any questions you may have. You can find out more on Time to Say Goodbye.
These clinics are for dogs and cats with kidney disease. During these appointments we will offer:
- specialist nutrition advice which can help to delay the progression of the disease
- weighing which can alert us earlier to any changes in the disease process
- blood pressure checks
- an opportunity for you to voice any concerns you have
Over 50% of the pet dogs and cats in the UK are overweight or obese. Obesity can make existing conditions worse and cause the onset of new ones:
- Arthritic dogs are generally more lame and immobile if they are carrying extra weight. (obese dogs will also require higher quantities of medication)
- Increased risk of diabetes
- Increased risk of heart disease
Our nurses provide clinics to formulate a weight loss programme tailored for you and your pet. This may involve modification of diet, exercise or both. There is no instant cure for losing weight and so regular appointments with our specially trained nurses help maintain motivation and progress.
Our nurses will take a full history and can ask a Vet to examine your animal if there is an indication of a medical condition that may be causing obesity, such as an underactive thyroid gland.
If your pet is deemed to be overweight to the point that it is or may in the near future cause them further health problems, signing your pet up to the animal version of ‘Weight Watchers’ is the next option!
- The nurse will advise you on how to change your pet’s diet and exercise regime
- The nurse will arrange for them to attend the practice regularly (such as once a week or once a fortnight) to weigh them and discuss their progress.