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Senior pet care

A recommendation for regular rechecks

Whilst annual rechecks are sufficient for monitoring the health of most young to

middle-aged pets, our team recommends 6-monthly rechecks for cats and dogs over

eight years of age. Why? Read on to find out!

Aging rate

It is thought that a one-year-old medium-sized dog is the equivalent of a 15-year-old

human (i.e., a teenager!). We believe a two-year-old dog is approximately equivalent to a

24-year-old human. After that, each year of a dog's life equals roughly five human years.

This age rate means that at eight years old, a medium-sized dog would be the

equivalent of a 51-year-old human, and one year later, they would have aged to around

56 years old!

Whilst some people may be lucky not to experience any health problems from 51 to 56

years old, we're betting that most would benefit from a couple of proactive medical

check-ups during this period. The same goes for older pets too.

Weight monitoring

A few of the most common health issues in older cats, such as chronic kidney disease,

an overactive thyroid, or gut problems, may cause only subtle outward symptoms at the

beginning until these conditions reach a moderate stage of severity.

However, in many cases, gradual weight loss is seen relatively early in these disease

processes. A 6-monthly health check (including a weigh-in and a body condition check) is

a great way to monitor an older cat's health.

Monitoring joint comfort

Most vets agree it's likely that arthritis will affect 80-90% of elderly pets in at least one

joint, causing stiffness and pain. Rather than exhibiting overt limping, affected pets

usually show more subtle symptoms, such as reduced activity or playfulness, changes in

behaviour, or hesitation before jumping up or climbing stairs.

Our vets can check your pet's joints for early signs of arthritis and recommend various

joint health support options to keep them feeling their best.

Checking for lumps

Lumps are common in older pets but may not always be obvious under a thick furry

coat. As part of your pet's 6-monthly health check, our vets can check for any new

masses that might have developed on your pet.

Early detection and treatment of cancerous lumps give your pet the best chance of a

complete cure.

Maintaining dental health

With dental disease being one of the most prevalent health issues in pets and

progressively more common with age, your older pet will benefit from 6-monthly dental

health checks.

With advice on home dental care and regular dental cleanings as required, we can help

minimise any dental discomfort or tooth extractions for your pet and keep their breath

smelling sweet.

Assistance with grooming

Older cats and dogs tend to wear their claws down more slowly and can be at risk of

painful claw overgrowth and (in the case of older dogs) a tendency to slip on smooth

floors. Long-haired elderly cats may also have trouble keeping up with self-grooming

requirements. They may need some assistance to prevent matting.

As part of a general health check, our vets can advise how best to keep your pet clean

and comfortable.

With 6-monthly checks, we can proactively maintain your pet's overall health and quality

of life and treat any developing issues as early as possible, helping them live their best

lives throughout all life stages.

What now?

Book an appointment with our mobile vets for a full health check and to discuss any concerns, treatment options or questions you have with your senior pet. Your mobile vet will tailor a plan for your pet to help support them and their needs.

Alternatively, please call 1300 308 338 or email us at


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