Preventative medicine has improved greatly over the last 20 years, which helps to improve the quality and length of our friends’ lives. While many conditions can be dealt with when they come along, there are several conditions that are more common in older pets that, if detected early in the process, can be avoided or delayed.
Many people believe that animals normally get very thin as they get older when in fact it is always due to an underlying problem that this occurs. There are many signs to look for in older animals that aren't associated with them being ill, that, if detected early, can either make treatment easier or can mean prolonged life with the correct therapy. These signs include:
- Increased drinking
- Increased urination
- Increased appetite, especially if associated with weight loss
- Weight loss despite eating well
- Diarrhoea and vomiting
- Loss of appetite
- Change in personality
- Difficulty rising/walking
- Loss of coordination
If these things are noticed, it would be wise to consult us (even a telephone call to see if it is worthwhile for us to check your pet). If so, we will look at your pet and may advise further tests.