Senior Wellness Programme

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Forest Animal Hospital 24/7
612 Warringah Rd, Cnr Warringah Rd & Ferguson St
Forestville
NSW 2087

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Phone:
02 9451 4840

Northern Districts Veterinary Hospital
67 May Rd, Cnr Warringah Rd
Dee Why
NSW 2099

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Phone:
02 9971 6562
Fax:
02 9971 2308

Australian pets are living longer thanks to ever-improving owner and veterinary care. You may not be aware that our pets age much faster than we do. Within the veterinary profession we consider 8 years and over in cats, and 7 years and over in dogs as Senior.

Old age is not a disease in its own right, but it brings with it a greater risk of developing certain conditions. For this reason, it is important to have a vet check your Senior Pet regularly; at least every 6 months.

The common conditions found in Senior Pets include:

  • osteoarthritis
  • dental disease
  • heart disease
  • high blood pressure
  • diabetes
  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
  • thyroid diseases
  • cancer

Regular Senior Wellness Checks increase the chance of us identifying health issues early.

At Forest Animal Hospital and Northern Districts Veterinary Hospital, our Senior Wellness Check involves an extended consult, full blood tests, urine and blood pressure checks (all at special Seniors' Prices of course!). This Senior Wellness Check helps to screen for the common ageing issues listed above. Hoping that with early detection, these conditions can be managed or even cured, reducing the impact on your loved one's health, adding years to their life, and quality years at that!

Unfortunately, however, many conditions in our Senior pets cannot be cured. In most cases, though we are able to offer medical management for these conditions which aim at improving your pet's quality of life, and hopefully increase their life expectancy.

For example, Osteoarthritis is a very common, painful, chronic, debilitating condition. It cannot be cured, but there are many options available to help manage it, so the impact it has on your pet's health and well being is minimised. Developing the right way to manage it, specific to you and your pet's needs is very important. Furthermore, as your pet ages, the osteoarthritis evolves, and other diseases possibly develop, the ways you manage your pet's osteoarthritis will also have to change accordingly. This is another very important reason why we need to get our Senior Pets checked regularly, so that we are not mismanaging their known existing conditions, or even worse, using medications that may be harmful to new conditions that have since developed.

Understandably, many owners are reluctant to undertake major interventions with their Senior Pets, but in many situations we are able to offer options that involve minimum intervention and can lead to large improvements in the health of their pet and very importantly their quality of life.

We are also able to give guidance on making the most difficult decision a pet owner ever has to make - knowing when to say 'good bye'.

If you have a Senior Pet and you would like to ask any questions or book in for your Senior Wellness Check at Forest Animal Hospital 247 or Northern Districts Vet Hospital, please don't hesitate to contact us.