Has your dog (or cat, rabbit or other pet) started to slow down as he’s got older? Does he seem stiff to rise? Is he less keen to take exercise? Does he pant and puff if he does? Is he lethargic? Has he gone off his food? Does he drink more?
These are all symptoms which are often put down to old age and may seem an inevitable consequence of passing years, but in most cases these symptoms are caused by specific problems which, if treated, can relieve the signs of ageing resulting in a much happier and bouncier pet.
So if you have noticed such symptoms, do bring your pet in for a check – we can make sure his heart and lungs are working properly, check for lumps and bumps, examine his teeth and gums (see article right), give him a thorough MOT, and – if necessary, perform further tests to accurately identify any problems.
Once we know what’s causing your pet’s symptoms of ageing we are in a position to help him. Appropriate changes of diet, exercise regimes, medication and even surgical treatments can all help give your pet increased comfort and longevity. So, if old age seems to be catching up – do please give us a call.