As animals age, it is important that they have more frequent and more extensive examinations. Clinical screening with tests is designed to provide a baseline assessment for future comparisons. Regular laboratory testing (at least annual) is recommended for all senior pets. This includes blood testing, liver and kidneys and urine tests.

During the senior health checks, we will discuss with you changes in pet behaviours and other aspects of care for your pet; dental health and teeth cleaning, nutrition, weight control, parasite control, mobility and vaccination requirements.

Early detection of problems gives by far the best chance of successful management of most conditions. Our goal is to keep your pets healthy for as long as possible, enjoying a good quality of life free from fear and discomfort.

Talk to one of our senior care experts to get the most out of the time you and your pet have together.

Arthritis in pets

If your pet is showing signs of stiffness and adversity to play, jump or climb the stairs, they may be suffering from arthritis. Arthritis is difficult to spot in cats and dogs due to their reluctance to show pain and discomfort.

Adapt their environment to make life easier. Provide them with warm, soft sleeping spots away from any drafts or damp. Use ramps in areas they can no longer climb. Ensure that they are getting regular exercise and their diet and weight is closely monitored.

A range of supplements are available to reduce inflammation and pain caused by arthritis. Franklin Vets can advise you on which products are best to use.

Pentosan is a course of injections that can be given at home or at the clinic which reduce pain and inflammation of the joints.

Stem Cell Therapy

This is the latest treatment for arthritis. We take a fat sample from their abdomen, process it in our laboratory in Pukekohe, then inject the activated stem cells back into the arthritic joints. The dog we have treated with this pioneering treatment have responded very well.

Drug Therapy

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as Metacam are extremely good at reducing the pain of arthritis. They are safe for long term use, and even safe in early stages of renal failure in cats.

NSAIDs cannot be given at the same time as steroids or in in animals with heart failures. Liver and kidney blood tests should be done before starting NSAID treatment, as well as a blood count.


Some forms of arthritis are amenable to surgery which may involve removing the affected joint. This can help make an enormous difference to hip arthritis. Franklin Vets has a team of talented veterinarians fully trained to perform surgery and after care to get your pets up and running again.