For pets over 7 years of age
Free Bag of Hills T/D
Free Petdent Oral Gel Sample
Oral Hygiene Tips from Lianca
Please note, extractions not included
Blood Work: SDMA, Chemos 10 Packed Cell Volume
PLEASE NOTE: Ts&Cs Apply on ALL Promotions
Oral Hygiene and Dental Promo for Geriatrics
Gum disease and tartar build up can have serious implications for your pets’ health and their general wellbeing. We all know how horrible a toothache can be, and having smelly breath isn’t a pleasant feature of man’s best friend. So, contact us about booking a dental cleaning for your pet!
If your pet has not been seen recently, we advise a check up prior to the procedure to examine your pets’ overall health as well as determine the severity of oral disease. A dental cleaning does involve a general anaesthetic and we use an ultrasonic scaler to remove plaque. The vet assesses each tooth and will determine if any loose or damaged teeth will need to be removed.
In older patients, the vet may advise pre-anaesthetic bloods to evaluate organ function prior to anaesthetic. While we cannot detect every problem, we aim to provide our patients with the safest anaesthetic possible and each animal is monitored throughout the procedure. In most cases, your pet will be back with you by that afternoon.
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We offer full house vaccination and microchipping for R600 for cats and R640 for dogs!
This includes the feline leukaemia vaccination for cats and the kennel cough vaccination for dogs and microchipping with a Virbac Backhome Microchip as well as registration onto their database.
Don’t miss the opportunity to join our Puppy School with Colleen Venter. Designed specifically for puppies between 10-16 weeks of age, during the critical developmental period, ensuring they make well balanced and exceptionally behaved adults.
We take the time to expose them to new sounds, smells and sights and teach them basic commands. This is a fun experience for you and your puppies. We set up obstacles and fun games with rewards to keep everyone entertained. You will be treated to a huge amount of advice on how to care for your new addition and manage different situations. Puppy school teaches you the skills to put in place socially acceptable behaviour.
We request that your puppy have had at least 2 vaccinations. Classes run for 6 weeks every Wednesday between 4-5pm (weather dependent).
Sponsored by Hills and includes a free puppy pack, training bag and treats.
Only R630.00 for the full 6 week course!
Next course due to start 27th March
Call us now and request to speak to Colleen to check availability and book your place.
Geriatric Awareness & Health
Our pets age faster than we do and reach ‘old age’ sooner than you might expect. On average, a dog or cat is classed as geriatric once they reach the age of 7 or 8. This can vary with breeds and particularly large breed dogs as they generally have a shorter lifespan (approx. 8-10 years) as opposed to their smaller counterparts (approx 12-15 years).
As with humans entering their golden years, regular health checks become more important in early detection and screening for diseases and age-related conditions, such as arthritis and kidney-disease. Recognising that our pets are aging also means that we can tailor their diet and environment to suit their changing metabolism and aging joints.
For the months of May, June and July 2019, Hillcrest Vet Hospital will be running a Geriatric Awareness and Health Promotion to assist the owners of our senior pet patients with diet choices, health checks and disease screening. Being pro-active with age-related disorders can improve longevity and can give your pet a new lease on life!
1. Consult: A full physical examination will be performed. A thorough heart auscultation can help us detect heart murmurs, arrythmias and other pulse deficits that can indicate an underlying problem. An oral exam helps us to assess the dental health of your pet and make recommendations on how best to give your pet their fresh breath again. Checking for lumps and bumps is also part of the process- a needle aspirate may be indicated as a starting point to diagnosing the cause of lumps found.
2. Blood smear: This is a simple tool that is invaluable in screening for blood parasites, changes in the appearance of red blood cells, and changes in white blood cell and platelet levels.
3. Urinalysis: Examination of your pet’s urine (patient permitting) will enable us to detect changes in urine concentration (which can be a useful first sign of kidney disease), urine protein loss and signs of infection. Where possible, we take a sterile sample with a needle but will make do with a free-catch sample if needed.
4. SDMA: The SDMA test has been a huge advance in early detection of kidney disease in dogs and cat (previously, we often could only detect kidney problems once 75% of their function was compromised). We can perform this blood test in house.
5. Chem 10 (or pre-anaesthetic profile): This includes 10 tests that can be performed just on one blood sample in house! It checks kidney parameters, liver parameters, a blood glucose and blood protein levels. While this panel of tests cannot detect all problems, they do guide us in planning the safest anaesthetic possible for your pet and help detect other problems such as diabetes.
6. Packed Cell Volume (PCV): This is a simple test done in house, use as a screening tool for anaemia.
Our Geriatric Health and Awareness Promotion will include these 6 components and a half day’s accommodation for R 1995. (normally this would cost over R 2850)
As part of this promotional period, any dentals recommended during the geriatric consultation will be offered at the promotional price of R1550 (excludes extractions) and can be scheduled through reception.
A word on medical work -ups: This promotion does not apply to patients requiring medical work-ups due to acute illness or injury, only to patients coming for a health check or our elderly patients already being treated for chronic conditions.
Any additional diagnostic tests such as blood tests or x-rays advised during the geriatric consult will be at an additional cost.
How to book:
Due to the nature of these consultations, we request that you contact reception to make a booking for a weekday morning. The vet will do the consult with you present to discuss any particular concerns. Your pet will stay with us for part of the day to allow the tests to be performed and evaluated by the vet. A deposit of R750 will be required on admission to hospital.