Tammy's routine senior check up

As dogs get older it is easy to notice the outside changes such as white hairs around the muzzle, decreased activity and difficulty getting up. It is harder to notice the internal changes that are occurring too. These changes include changes to the kidneys, heart and other aged related diseases. Pet owners are in the best position to look out for early warning signs of ageing and age related diseases. Some examples of such signs are change in appetite, discomfort on rising or after exercise, weight loss or gain, excessive drinking and/ or urination, and persistent cough.

All dogs over the age of 7 years are considered a 'senior' and should have senior check ups every 6 months to monitor for any changes that may be occurring. During a senior dog check up consultation, our veterinarian will conduct a physical examination, weight check, arthritis grading, dental assessment, cardiac monitoring, discussion about your dog's behaviour, eye examination, and examinations of lumps and bumps on the body. These necessary check ups help our veterinarians identify the subtle changes in body function and if there are abnormalities detected in initial testing, further investigation or more frequent testing may be recommended.

Tammy (pictured) has been having her senior check ups every 6 months in the last few years. As a result, diseases have been detected early and treatment were given. Today Tammy got the all clear from her senior check up, her diseases are being managed successfully and are not causing her any discomfort anymore. This also gave Tammy's owner peace of mind knowing Tammy is comfortable in her twilight years.