Senior Pets

As our pets get older they are prone to certain health conditions that are linked with age, just like us humans.

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.

As we face the colder months, some conditions can be more prevalent during this time.

It’s especially important to ensure your senior pet has regular check-ups with the vet so we can spot the signs of any problems sooner.

For a limited time, we’re offering a Senior Pet Health Check at a discounted price* for cats and dogs aged 7 and over, giving you peace of mind.

To book in for a Senior Pet Health Check, please call your local practice or see more information below:

  • Blood test to assess the function of internal organs
  • Urine test to identify any kidney problems, bladder infections and other diseases
  • Blood pressure to screen for high and low blood pressure
  • Consultation with a nurse to discuss diet, behaviour and mobility
  • 25% off standard pricing for non-health club members
  • 35% off standard pricing for health club members

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


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)


Diabetes can be managed to give your pet a much better quality of life.  Below are some of the signs you might want to look out for in your pet, to help you know when to consult your vet to give them the treatment they need.

Spot the signs

  • Drinking more often
  • Passing urine more frequently or in larger amounts
  • Increase or loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Sleeping more or being less active
  • Urinary tract infection

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. If you are concerned that your pet may be showing any signs or symptoms mentioned above, then please contact us for advice.

*Offer valid until 11/12/20 and may be withdrawn at any time. Not available in conjunction with any other offer/promotion. No cash alternative. Senior Pet Health Check offer entitles new or existing clients of Village Vet a discount on the services included within the Senior Pet Health Check: a 10-minute consultation with a veterinary surgeon or veterinary nurse, screening to include urine analysis, blood pressure check and blood test at a discounted price – depending on availability and by appointment. A 35% discount will be applied for health club members and 25% discount for non-health club members. All services are subject to our standard terms and conditions which are available to view in-practice. Any further treatment will be charged according to our standard prices. No cash alternative available.