There are three ways that this can be achieved, including:
1. You can contact us to request an appointment to see one of our Registered Veterinary Nurses, quoting Senior Health Assessment at the time of booking. The appointment scheduled will be a longer consultation lasting 30 minutes, during which time a full history will be taken in the form of our Senior Pet Questionnaire, your pet’s blood pressure will be measured (preferably with you in the room, as this aids their relaxation), a blood sample will be taken in our hospital area, and dogs will have a Schirmer Tear Test performed. Your pet will then be discharged by the Nurse, and an appointment scheduled with one of our Vets to re-examine your pet, discuss all the results, and make recommendations relating to his/her ongoing care.
(Please note: You are kindly requested to bring a sample of your pet’s urine in with you to the appointment with the Nurse, or you can drop this in later, after collecting it in one of our sterile urine pots. The first sample of the morning is best. For cats, non-absorbable litter in their tray can be used to collect a sample, or the Vet can obtain this via cystocentesis. For samples dropped in, please mark with your pet’s name, and state that it is for their Senior Health Assessment. Samples should be submitted within one hour of collection, or can be refrigerated for a maximum of four hours).
2. Following your pet’s routine examination with one of our Vets or Nurses, the package will be recommended to you, and you can proceed to make your appointment at Reception, to see one of our Registered Veterinary Nurses for a Senior Health Assessment. It is likely that this will require you returning on a different day, due to the extended appointment time that we allocate for these consultations (30 minutes). The same process as above (Option 1) then applies when you see the Nurse, followed by a repeat appointment with the Vet to re-examine your pet in light of the test results, discuss the findings and ongoing treatment plan, Next Appointment recommendations etc.
(Please remember to submit a urine sample from your pet, as per Option 1.)
3. In the case of a sick pet 8 years old or above, then the package will be recommended to you as the most cost-effective means of obtaining all the important information that we require to best diagnose and treat your pet (including our extended in-house senior blood profile, urinalysis, blood pressure measurement, and Schirmer Tear Test in dogs). The price will also include your consultation with the Vet, rather than this being charged as extra. You will be asked to complete our Senior Pet Questionnaire as part of the admissions process, and the Nurse will perform all inclusive tests whilst your pet is hospitalised with us. All results shall then be discussed with you at the time of your pet’s discharge appointment later that day.
(Your pet’s urine sample shall be collected during their hospitalisation, so you will not need to submit this yourself).