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  • Chapel House Senior Pet Wellness Check

senior pets wellness checksGrowing old gracefully doesn’t just apply to us. As our pets get older, they are prone to certain health conditions that are linked with age, just like us humans and there are lots of things we can do to help our pets live happier and heathier lives.

The main difference is that they are unable to tell us if they are not feeling quite right and, in some cases, our pets are quite good at hiding the signs.

This is where our friendly team at Chapel House can help. Book a senior pet wellness check today which includes a wellness screen blood test including haematology, urinalysis and a blood pressure check.

Book a senior wellness check with our registered veterinary nurses (RVNs) today

Designed for pets eight years or over, our wellness check can help detect any age-related health conditions for early diagnosis and treatment. Early recognition is vital for the best management of an old age condition.

These days our pets are living longer and longer which is great news for us pet lovers and our companions. We regularly see dogs and cats in their teens, and even sometimes cats in their twenties.

Just like people, older cats and dogs are more likely to suffer with health issues, including arthritis, dental disease, thyroid problems, high blood pressure and more. One of the main differences between us and our pets is that they can hide the early signs of these problems, often carrying on as normal until the condition is well advanced.

Book a senior pet wellness check with one of our registered veterinary nurses (RVNs) today and give them a new lease of life.

Our senior pet wellness check will allow us to look for early, underlying signs of some of the following:

  • Dental disease
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney failure
  • Liver function problems
  • Hyperthyroidism (cats) and hypothyroidism (dogs) (overactive thyroid and underactive thyroid)
  • Hypertension (High blood pressure)
  • Arthritis/pain
  • Anaemia (low number of red blood cells)

Do you know how to spot the signs of some of the most common diseases affecting our older pets?

We’ve pulled together some advice and a few things to look out for below. We’re here to help your pets live their happiest and healthiest lives, whatever their age.


In older pets, the years of wear and tear on the joints can cause them to become inflamed – resulting in movement becoming sore and difficult. Osteoarthritis, or arthritis as we commonly know it, is usually prevalent in the hips, elbows and knees, but can appear in any joint.

Spot the signs

  • General slowing down, especially on walks
  • Reluctance to play, jump or go upstairs
  • Limping/lameness
  • Muscle wastage
  • Licking or chewing the skin over affected joints
  • Stiff walking motion (especially when waking up or after exercise)

Heart disease

There are many different heart conditions that can affect our dogs; however, mitral valve disease (MVD) is by far the most common. But what is MVD, and how do you know if your dog has it?

Also referred to as degenerative valve disease, MVD involves the degeneration of the heart valve separating the two chambers on the left side of the heart. As a chronic, progressive disease, it will worsen over time.

Symptoms of MVD may not display easily and in some cases, affected dogs can live their entire lives without showing any signs of the disease. The main symptom for diagnosing MVD is the presence of a heart murmur – this will only be picked up during a routine examination by one of our vets where they can listen to your dog’s heart.

Spot the signs

  • Coughing (after lying down or sleeping, and often worse at night)
  • Slowing down on walks or displaying low energy in general
  • Breathing quicker than usual, with breathlessness and/or panting
  • Weight loss
  • Fainting or collapsing.

If in any doubt, it is always best to get your dog seen by us. On detection of a heart murmur, further tests may be required to confirm the diagnosis.

Book a senior pet wellness check with our RVNs today

There are a number of different heart diseases that can affect our cats too; however, cardiomyopathy is the most common. But what is it and how do you know if your cat has it? The term cardiomyopathy covers any disease that affects the heart muscle. There are different types of cardiomyopathies and they are classified according to the effect they have on the function of the heart muscle.

Spot the signs

  • Breathing difficulties/rapid breathing
  • Cold extremities, suggesting poor circulation
  • Signs of fainting (although relatively uncommon).

Symptoms of heart disease may not display easily. Therefore, it is important to ensure that your cat has regular check-ups with us so that any early signs of heart disease can be detected and treated accordingly. We may be able to pick up on:

  • A heart murmur (listening to your cat’s heart using a stethoscope)
  • A gallop rhythm (where an additional third beat is heard with each contraction cycle)
  • Increase or decrease in heart rate.

If in any doubt, it is always best to get your cat seen by us. On detection of a heart murmur, there may be further tests required to confirm the diagnosis.

Kidney disease

Your pet relies on its kidneys to perform important tasks such as removing toxins from the blood, preventing water loss and regulating blood pressure and acidity levels. When they are not able to perform these tasks properly, this condition is known as kidney failure (or renal disease). Age can be a factor in developing kidney disease, with symptoms and severity differing greatly between cases.

Spot the signs

  • Excessive drinking leading to frequent urinating
  • Diarrhoea
  • Vomiting
  • Weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Ulcers in the mouth
  • Sudden blindness due to high blood pressure

High blood pressure in cats

Although high blood pressure can occur on its own, the commonest causes are kidney, heart and thyroid disease. As the body is working harder to circulate blood, this can lead to complications with the kidneys, eyes, heart and even the brain.

Spot the signs

  • Blindness
  • Weight loss
  • Noticeable changes inside the eye, including bleeding
  • Seizures
  • Disorientation
  • Change in personality

In all cases it’s important to ensure that your pet has regular check-ups with us. We are passionate here at Chapel house about preventative and geriatric care. These clinics are designed to help pick up early signs of old-age conditions. This means we can start treatment or management much sooner, leading to happier and longer lives for our pets. Give them a new lease of life today.

Book a senior pet wellness check with our RVNs today