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Veterinarian Senior Pet Care

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It’s important to recognize when your pets enter their senior years,like us they develop different nutritional and health care needs as they age. Small changes to their care, such as regular visits to your veterinarian, proper gromming, a sensible exercise routine and feeding a senior diet will improve the quality of their life and allow you to enjoy them for many more years.
As part of providing the best preventative health care to pets, we encourage clients to have a blood and urine analysisor “wellness profile” done on their pets annually. This is particularly valuable for dogs and cats who are 7 years of age and older. Pets may be at an increased risk of developing age related problems such as arthritis, diabetes, liver and kidney disease. The “wellness profile” gives us a more complete picture or your pet’s overall health. It also provides a baseline for comparison with future profile results.
Senior Pet Changes
It is important to routinely exmine your senior pet and report any subtle changes to your veterinary hospitals medical team. The information you provide is invaluable to your pet,s health. Here are some things to look out for.
Has there been a change in your cat or dog’s energy level or or appetite?/ May indicate weight or thyroid
problems.
Have your cat or dog’s drinking or urinating habits changed?/ May indicate Diabetes, Kidney thyroid disease.
Have you noticed any cloudiness in your cat or dog’s eyes?/ Possible diadetes and cataracts.
Does your cat or dog experience pain or discomfort when moving? / Possible Arthritis.
Have you noticed any shortness in breath, difficulty breathing, caughingor wheezing? / May indicate heart and lung problems.
Have there been any changes in your dog or cat’s skin coat?/ May indicate skin and coat problems.
Has your cat or dog experienced any vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, inappropriate defecation, bad breath, drooling or facial swelling?/ May indicate digestive and/or dental problems.
Have you noticed any new growths or changes in existing bumps on your cat or dog?/ Could indicate cancer and immune system problems.

Senior Pet check list

The following questionaire is designed to help you andyour veterinarian provide the best care for your older pet. Check if your pet has experienced changes in:

  1. Drinking
  2. Urination
  3. Appetite
  4. Weight
  5. Hair Coat ( itchy, dandruff,dull, hair loss, matting )
  6. Mobility ( lameness, trouble with stairs, stiff, in pain )
  7. Breathing ( coughing, shortness of breath, wheezing, exercise intolerance )
  8. Digestion (vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, hairballs )
  9. Senses hearing, smelling, vision loss )
  10. Behaviour ( reduced family interaction, increased vocalization, loss of litter training, ect. )
  11. Growths (new growths, changes in previos growths )

Senior Pet Tips

  • Physical examinations twice a year with your veterinarian will help prevent and diagnose disease.
  • A yearly “wellness” blood and urine test beginning at 7 years will help detect problems and measure any changes over time.
  • Regular dental examinations will help maintain healthy teeth and gums.
  • Older cats and dogs are less adaptable – avoid exposing your senior cat to extremes of heat and cold
  • Your cat or dog may have impaired vision and hearing so keep them out of harm’s way.
  • Educate friends and family about your aging pet’s special needs.
  • Feed senior pet food.

Dr. Kathryn Hahn. Hurontario Veterinary Hospital A Mississauga Animal Hospital

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