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Although we cannot stop the ageing process, we can prepare for it by increasing regular health checks to detect any early changes – prevention is always better than cure!


Care of the Older Pet

At Lomond Hills Veterinary Clinic we offer a Lifetime of Caring for your pet.
From those first cute puppy or kitten cuddles and all the adventures involved in welcoming a bundle of mischief into your home, through the adult years as your bond deepens and your pet becomes very much part of the family and onwards to the twilight years.
Due to improved veterinary care and nutrition, pets now live increasingly longer lives.
This means that these pets, their owners and the vets caring for them, encounter an increasing amount of age related problems.
At Lomond Hills Veterinary Clinic we believe that age is not a disease and our pets continue to deserve the best care we can provide.
Care of the geriatric patient is a particular interest of ours.
Having lost our old cat Murdo at ninteen and a half years old and our lovely old terrier Brodie at the ripe old age of seventeen and a half, we feel well versed in the care of the geriatric pet.
One question clients often ask is “when is my pet classed as geriatric”? That is not a simple question to answer as different breeds age at different rate (larger breeds tend to age quicker).
For example, a seven-year-old cat can be compared to a 45-year-old human – not that old really!
A seven-year-old Great dane can be compared to a 56-60 year old human – quite a difference!
The oldest recorded cat age is 34 years old! The oldest recorded dog age is 29 years old!

Some advice for care of the older pet:

    paw Regular veterinary health checks – we advocate at least two health checks every twelve months in older pets – we charge a reduced rate for this. Don’t wait until there is a problem or until booster time.
    Every day we detect subtle changes in patients that are in the early stages of a disease process that can be successfully treated. We also see many pets where problems have been unnoticed and there are serious problems by the time the pet comes to the clinic.

    paw Consider a change in food to a geriatric diet, specially designed to accommodate the ageing body systems. As well as being better for your pet, many of the current diets contain ingredients designed to slow the aging process.
    An amazing amount of research has been carried out by the premium food companies which has not only benefited vets by providing excellent clinical data but also enhanced the lives of millions of older pets.

    paw Make small lifestyle changes to accommodate your older pet’s changing requirements – think about how easy an older pet with arthritis finds getting in and out of the car, climbing the stairs or even just getting comfortable in their bed. Older cats may start to struggle to use higher sided litter trays.

    paw Watch out for subtle behavioural changes. Often these can be due to failing hearing or eyesight but senile changes are also common. Skin and coat changes can occur or your pet may be more prone to infections. Some of these symptoms of aging can actually be treated. Make an appointment for a thorough check up. There is a chance we can improve your pet’s quality of life greatly.

    paw In order to improve the quality of care we offer to the older pet, we have a specially designed “Older Pet Health Check Package” which offers a thorough clinical investigation at a greatly discounted cost. This package includes a double appointment to allow for a full health check, in-house urinalysis and baseline bloods (to check liver and kidney function and a glucose screen).

    Please arrange an appointment to have your older pet checked, even if you feel they are well. We will strive to ensure they get the care they deserve.