Looking after your Senior Pet

Once you pet reaches 7 years of age it starts to have special requirements

Arthritis can start to form
• Dental disease becomes more prominent
• Obesity due to decrease in exercise, and less calories required
• Lumps and bumps start to form
• Hair starts to thin out
• Sight and hearing decreases
• Increased drinking can identify the onset of kidney and liver disease
• Diabetes
• Cancer - increased incidence of some cancers with age
• Lameness
• Claws grow and get caught
• Coughing may indicate heart or lung disease


A degeneration of the joints. With age the fluid inside the joints decreases in viscosity leading to pain when your pet moves. Injured areas are more prone to arthritis.

There are several natural and therapeutic treatments to help your pet live more comfortably with arthritis:
• Glucosamine and chondroitin help nourish the joint fluid. Long term use of these may help prevent and slow the progress of arthritis. It may take up to 6 weeks before any effect is noticed. Omega 3 fatty acids have been shown to be beneficial in arthritis to reduce inflammation.
- These have been included in powders, tablets, treats to give to your pets
- Premium food from VetEnt has glucosamine and omega 3 in the formula
• Weight loss, over-weight animals place more pressure on their joints, weight reduction helps to alleviate pain
• Heat/cooling treatments
• Physiotherapy, natural remedies

It is essential to formulate a senior health care plan with your vet at VetEnt. Regular health checks are essential to detect early onset of disease to help your pet live as long and happy life. Senior health checks include blood tests and blood pressure measurements.

Drinking more water than normal

Drinking more water than normal can indicate several different diseases
• Diabetes
• Kidney disease
• Cushings disease
• Pyometra (pus in the uterus) in unspayed female dogs
• Infection with temperature increase
• Pancreatitis
• Liver disease
• Urinary tract problems

Exercise Intolerance

As dogs are omnivores they require protein and carbohydrates for good growth and a healthy lifestyle. Premium dog foods, such as those found in your veterinary clinic, have been formulated and tested to provide the correct nutrients for your puppy to grow up strong and healthy. Different breeds of dogs require different nutrients. A Great Dane’s needs are different to those of a Bichon.

Our staff will help you pick the best food for your puppy. Water should be available at all times.

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Dental Care

Prior to 6 months of age and throughout the rest of your dog’s life, worming should be every 3 months with a good quality wormer from your vet.

Worming must be part of a regular health program. Not only do these parasites affect your pet, they also have the potential to infect humans with children being most susceptible. It is therefore important you get the right product to do a thorough job. VetEnt staff can help you select the right product,that works.

For more information on worming your dog, click here.

Proactive Animal Care for Pets

Animal care is not just about building a great relationship with your local vet; animal care is about understanding your pet’s health.

At VetEnt, our animal care team recognise that you want highly knowledgeable and skilled veterinarians, who will also take the time to ensure you understand what is happening with your pet at every step. We’re always there to help you reach a decision that is right for you..

Care is about treatment as much as it is about prevention. At VetEnt, our aim is to keep your pet in optimal health by being proactive through offering immunisation programs, dental work, neutering, flea treatments worming products, and appropriate nutrition. If your pet requires veterinary attention, you can rest assured that you’ll find an animal care team of experienced vets and passionate vet nurses, equipped with the latest technology. Your local VetEnt animal care team pride themselves on being committed to providing a service that will ensure your pet lives an enjoyable and healthy life.

Regular visits will help our veterinary health care team provide for your pets best interests.

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