“I don’t understand how my family keep sneaking up on me and I am regularly being woken up by them which really spooks me. I saw that squirrel again I do think he waits till I jump at the tree and then he runs. I must remember not to run after him my left leg is aching again, hopefully Mary will give me that nice tablet again, it tastes quite nice and tomorrow morning I’ll be feeling better able to check the woods out when we go for a walk.”
Jess, aged 13 years
OAPs June offer
In June we are planning on helping clients with elderly pets. We will offer health checks for pets over 8 years of age for £18.
This will allow us to look at their eyes, teeth and ears and see what state they are in. We will listen to their hearts to check for any abnormalities, in cats particularly we will look at their eyes to see if they are showing any signs of hypertension, a hidden disease of elderly cats. If clients are able to bring a urine sample in we will check how well the kidneys are concentrating the urine and check for Diabetes (there will be a small charge for this service). Please ask the reception staff when booking in for tips on collecting a urine sample.
For many clients it is actually the behaviour of their pet as they age which can be the first sign that something isn’t quite right and being able to come in and chat may help us find out what is behind the behaviour. The causes can be varied, pain associated, anxiety due to deafness or sight changes. Our pets do also suffer from senility or cognitive dysfunction, chatting with us about behaviour changes may lead to a choice of drug to help.
Often clients are worried about skin lesions or growths and are afraid to ask what to do. But it is far better to deal with a growth when it is small than ignoring it and then finding extensive surgery is necessary.
We hope by encouraging clients to ask for a health check we can offer our Older Pets a better quality of life.
Jess’ mum, Mary