November is National Senior Pet Wellness Month!
Our pets now, more than ever before are an integral part of our family and with improvements to veterinary care and dietary habits, our pets are living longer that ever before.
As your pet ages, changes can be subtle. Many times owners assume that the changes they are seeing in their older pets behavior or acitivity level are normal signs of aging, but these may actually be symptoms of treatable age related diseases.
Although it varies with species and breed cats and dogs are generally considered geriatric at the age of 7. Larger breed dogs have shorter life spans and are generally considered geriatric at 6 years of age.
Geriatric pets should have semi annual veterinary visits so signs of illness or other problems can be detected and treated early. Senior wellness visits are often times more in depth and may include, bloodwork, urinalysis, radiographs, dental care, and critical evaluations of gait and movement.
Outward signs of of aging include: graying of haircoat, decreased activity, difficulty getting up or down, decreased vision and hearing. However there are other more serious diseases that include the heart, liver, thyroid, and kidneys that frequently affect our senior pets. With regular monitoring and treatment the effects of these diseases can often be greatly reduced giving your pet a greater quality of life during their golden years.
Have you noticed any of the following behaviors in your pet?
Weight change (increased or decreased)
increase or decrease in appetite
Skin or hair coat changes
lumps or growths that were not noticeable in the past
decreased hearing or vision
clouding of the eyes
tremors, weakness, or shaking
bad breath/difficulty chewing/drooling
inappropriate urination or loss of house training
stiffness/lameness/difficulty walking or rising
decreased general health/vigor
interacting less with family
has developed compulsive behaviors such as circling, or excessive licking
changes in sleep patterns
confusion or disorientation
separation anxiety or intolerant of being alone
inappropriate, persistant vocalization
November Special is 10% off Senior Wellness Package!
Package 1 Includes: Comprehensive Examination, Complete blood profile: 12 panel blood work to evaluate organ function, electrolytes and CBC, Thyroid function test, and a urinalysis.
Call today to schedule your pets Senior wellness appointment today!