IS MY PET A SENIOR?
Dogs and Cats age faster than humans so thinking of your pet being a Senior at only 7 or 8 years old may be difficult. The fact is that a 7 year old a dog or cat is somewhere around late 40’s or early 50’s in human years and in some larger breeds even older.
WHAT CAN I DO TO MAKE SURE MY PET IS AGINIG WITH GRACE AND COMFORT ?
Once your pet becomes a Senior they should see
their Veterinarian for
Regular Check Ups TWICE A YEAR
Imagine yourself only going to the doctor at
age 50 and then not again until 60.
That is essentially what is occurring when a whole
year or so goes by between appointments for your
long-time furry family member.
Is your pet ...
• Urinating more frequently?
• Drinking More?
• Having a Loss of Appetite?
• Becoming Confused or Disoriented easily ? (especially in new environments)
• Having a Cough or Wheeze ?
• Loosing or Gaining Weight ?
• Having a General Lack of Energy?
Understand and watch for the signs indicating an older pet may be having systemic issues such as kidney problems, cognitive dysfunction, or heart problems.
WHAT TESTING IS AVAILABLE TO MONITOR MY SENIOR PET’S HEALTH?
Bloodwork To monitor the functions for all major body organs and to identify conditions that develop as pets age. Diagnostic X-rays To visualize Internal Organ Size & Screen for Masses Blood Pressure and ECG Testing To verify the function & efficiency of the heart and kidneys Glaucoma Screening To check eye pressure as well as identify risks & conditions that may be developing
WHAT ELSE CAN I DO TO HELP ALEVIATE MY PETS PAIN ?
Since dogs and cats are good at hiding their pain, you may not notice until it is has become VERY bad. There are always pain medications and anti-inflammatories, but you can also try Cold Laser Therapy.
Cold Laser Therapy helps by stimulating the tissue at a cellular level, improving & healing areas that may be injured or hurting your furry friend.
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