As part of our commitment to senior pet health, each year Pittwater Animal Hospital offers a Full Health Assessment for your pet at a very special price.
What is the advantage of having a Full Health Assessment for your pet?
If your pet has regular full health assessments, problems can be identified and addressed early to give your pet the best chance of a long, healthy life.
In a Full Health Assessment your Veterinarian assesses your pet’s health in a number of different ways
- Discussing how the pet is at home, being alert for any changes in behaviour.
- Examining the pet thoroughly in a consultation.
- Taking blood samples to assess internal organ function, blood cell levels, thyroid levels and hydration.
- Collecting urine samples to look for signs of diabetes, kidney disease or urinary infections.
- Performing further tests such as skin cytology, fine needle aspirates of lumps or blood pressure measurement.
- Then comparing changes over time in all these different measurements.
How much will the Full Health Assessment cost?
In Seniors Month the Full Health Assessment is discounted by $100 to encourage all our senior pet owners to learn more about their pet’s health.
In May and June 2021 the cost has been discounted to $349.90.
As an added incentive to help with dental health, a scale and polish under GA is then discounted for our participating senior pets by a further $100.
During Senior Month our food suppliers Royal Canin® and Hills® also offer discounts of up to 50% off food. This can be really helpful if special food is recommended after a Full Health Assessment.
Senior Month Full Heath Assessments can be booked Monday to Friday in May and June
or call us on 9913 7979
How will I receive the results of the Full Health Assessment?
During your pet’s Full Health Assessment your Veterinarian will
- record your concerns,
- confirm any regular medications and confirm the doses,
- review vaccinations and parasite control
- record any findings on the physical examination
When tests on blood, urine and other areas are complete
- blood test results will be summarized
- urine test results will be summarized
- other pathology will be recorded
Your Veterinarian will then write an assessment of your pet’s health and recommend any treatments or further monitoring that will be helpful for your pet.
An email will be sent to you along with all the test results.
If your Veterinarian is concerned they will review the changes in a phone call so you can go through the best future treatment for your pet.
What if my pet has dental disease?
If your Veterinarian is concerned about your pet’s teeth, they may recommend an examination under General Anaesthetic. The teeth will be scaled and polished and any diseased teeth will be extracted.
If a dental is needed you will be given a comprehensive estimate with an approximation of what extractions may cost. The dental procedure will be discounted by $100 off our regular dental charges.
Any animal who has a dental at Pittwater Animal Hospital enters the Pittwater Dental Program and will have discounted dentals for life.
How should I prepare for my pet's Full Health Assessment?
Before you arrive please
- write down any health concerns
- include any medications your pet is taking
- record the parasite control your pet it on – tick and flea control, intestinal worming, heartworm control in dogs
- if possible collect a sample of your dogs urine (as close to the time of consultation as possible)
- if possible plan your cat’s consultation when they are likely to have a full bladder
My pet seems healthy, why should it have a Full Health Assessment?
Sometimes animals can appear to be healthy but have underlying health issues. These problems are better detected by performing diagnostic tests, before physical signs develop.
Our preference is to find no abnormalities on a Full Health Assessment.
Normal results are not only excellent news, but are a valuable monitoring tool. If your pet has signs of disease in the future these normal parameters are extremely useful references for your Veterinarian.
Why are professional diets helpful?
The science involved in pet nutrition has become very advanced. Professional diets can significantly improve your pet’s health especially if conditions such as kidney disease, liver disease, diabetes or obesity are diagnosed.
Both our professional food suppliers, Royal Canin® and Hills® are offering up to 50% discounts to participating senior pets.
How often should my pet have a Full Health Assessment?
Once your pet turns seven it is very useful to have a Full Health Assessment. This is like a major service on your car.
It is hoped that all the results are normal in animals under ten, but it is not uncommon to detect early changes in the various parameters.
Healthy pets are recommended to have a Full Health Assessment at least every 2 years, but preferably more often. (One year of your pet’s life is equivalent to more than five human years. Pets have much shorter lifespans and can rapidly develop changes with age.)
My pet is on medication - how often should they have a Full Health Assessment?
When pets are on regular medication for management of health issues it is recommended to have regular Full Health Assessments. These are best done yearly. Changes detected in blood and urine tests can alter the way medication affects the body.
Full Health Assessments can help with management of chronic health problems.
My pet's behaviour has changed with age, is there anything I can do?
Often behaviour change can be a sign of a developing medical problem.
Urinary tract disease, heart disease, arthritis, skin disease and failing senses will all contribute to behaviour change.
Often your Veterinarian can give you advice on how to manage these problems so you can have a much happier pet.
Can my pet be helped with mobility?
Often pet’s have mobility issues with age. During your pet’s Full Health Assessment, mobility issues can be assessed and a management plan discussed. This may include
- weight loss
- a modified exercise plan
- cartrophen courses
- pain relief
Further diagnostics such as xrays may be recommended for concerning problems.
My pet's coat is dull and scurfy and it smells more?
As pet’s age they often have a decrease in the health of the skin barrier. During your pet’s examination skin cytology and ear examination can be done to make sure there is no bacterial or yeast overgrowth.
A skin management plan can be discussed to help your pet have healthy skin well into old age.
or call us on 9913 7979