Hi Paw Parent, just like you, pets want to live a long and happy life.

With proper health care management, older pets can live their lives to their full potential, which may be well over the equivalent of 100 human years! The key to giving them a longer, healthier time with you can be pretty simple, it’s all about detecting problems early. Half yearly check-ups and thorough physical examinations are recommended for Senior pets. As are lots of pats and cuddles, but you already knew that bit!

The importance of senior pet health check-ups

Just like humans go to the doctor a little more regularly as they age, so should senior pets! A Senior Pet Health Check-up is a great way to get a comprehensive health assessment to detect potentially serious diseases and conditions at the earliest stages. Early detection of any disease gives you and your veterinarian more options to either cure the problem, slow the progression or simply help keep your beloved pet more comfortable in their golden years.

The comprehensive Senior Pet Health Check-up includes:

  • Total nose-to-tail check-up
  • Urine test
  • Blood test – screening of major organs for diseases
  • Check for lumps & bumps
  • Weight assessment
  • Joint assessment
  • Dental assessment


Growing older with your pet is a comfort that many pet owners look forward to. It is hard to believe the same bundle of energy tearing around the yard so many years ago is now the calm and kind old friend curled at your feet. When they begin to slow down, put on a little weight or stiffen up, your pet needs your help and understanding. Unlike a human, pets can’t take responsibility for their care and totally rely on you!

Pets age much faster than people do and, as they get older, two kinds of changes occur. The first is age related change such as hearing loss, changes in vision or reduced activity. These are normal and cannot be prevented. The second kind is pathological changes or disease such as heart disease, kidney disease, arthritis or dental disease. These are, to some extent, preventable or can be successfully managed.