Just like people, older pets can develop age related diseases including arthritis, heart disease, kidney disease, liver disease, diabetes and cancer. At City Vet we recommend 6 monthly health checks for pets over 7 years of age to detect early signs of disease. Pets on long-term medication require health checks every three months to monitor the progress of their condition and response to medication.
Assessment of the older pet may include veterinary examination, laboratory tests and hormone assays, radiography and ultra-sound examination. Depending on the results we will discuss treatment options or further investigation if necessary. When results are normal it is very reassuring that your pet is happy and healthy and you have done what you can to keep him or her that way.