Is your dog 7 years or older or your cat 10 years or older?
Senior Health Program
What is the Senior Health Program?
Unfortunately, animals cannot talk so it is often hard to pick up the early signs that something is going wrong with their health. Picking up disease early is the best chance of your pet living a long and healthy life. Our SENIORS HEALTH PROGRAM uses thorough examinations plus screening tools, identified below, to enable early detection of serious health problems such as kidney disease, heart disease, eye disease, diabetes and arthritis – problems which are just as common in older pets as they are in older humans.
Why is prevention and screening so important?
Senior pets can be experts at hiding health problems. Often, by the time we see symptoms, the disease has taken hold and can be difficult to manage. Using comprehensive diagnostic tools such as blood, urine and pressure checks, we can identify diseases in their early stages, and treat these before they escalate. Our aim is to improve your pet’s quality of life – keeping them happy well into their twilight years.
Who is eligible?
Dogs 7 years or older, and cats 10 years or older.
What is included?
- A double consultation, allowing you time to discuss any insights into your pet’s behaviour with the vet, that might not be evident in a physical examination.
- Comprehensive blood tests – providing us with a detailed picture of your pet’s internal health (e.g. kidney, liver and thyroid function.) It will also act as a baseline for future tests.
- Comprehensive urine tests – a range of tests will be run on our state-of-the-art equipment, which can identify a range of diseases such as diabetes, kidney disease and urinary tract problems. These can often be detected well before there are any obvious clinical signs.
- Cats will receive a blood pressure check – which can provide an insight into their cardiac function and potential for heart disease.
- Dogs will receive an eye pressure check – which can indicate glaucoma and lead to blindness if left untreated.
How much does this cost?
We are offering this program for $275 – which is a savings of over $150.
Do I need to do anything before my appointment?
Yes please! As one of our tests uses your pet’s urine, we ask dog owners to bring in a sample (if possible) caught that day, in a clean container. You can collect a container from us beforehand if required. Cat owners are requested to keep their cat indoors and remove their litter tray for at least 2 hours prior to the appointment, so they have a full bladder for us to collect a sample.
When can I book?
We are offering these appointments Monday – Friday, in June, July and August.
How can I book?
You can book your appointment either by calling us on 9958 8775 or by clicking on the button at the bottom of the page to request an appointment.
We look forward to seeing you and your senior pet at Willoughby Vet Hospital very soon.