At Clent Hills Vets we provide lifelong care for a variety of pets in all shapes and sizes. If you think your pet is ‘getting on a bit’, or you have noticed their behaviour, activity level or health has started to change, book an appointment with our nursing team who can determine what life stage your pet is at, any health concerns that need addressing, and the right type of care your ageing pet will need going forward.
Ageing Pet Assessment
Animals’ healthcare needs change as they get older; so that we can provide the right type of care at each stage of their life, it’s helpful to understand how your pet behaves in their home environment and if their behaviour has changed recently.
Changes in your pet’s behaviour
During your pet’s ageing assessment our nurses will ask you to fill in a short questionnaire about any recent behavioural changes such as decreased mobility, excessive licking or chewing of joints, diarrhoea, hearing problems, lethargy, incontinence, skin lumps or bumps and weight change, to name a few.
Recommended course of action
Once assessed, our nursing team may recommend one or a combination of the following; referral to our arthritic clinic; referral to our weight & diet clinic; referral to our cat wellness clinic; appointment with one of our vets if they are showing any signs of illness; practical advice on how you can change your pet’s routine and environment to better suit their ageing needs.