With the lifespan of our companion animals being considerably shorter than our own, we inevitably see them develop from a puppy/kitten, through the juvenile stages, into adulthood and beyond into their senior years and eventually passing over the rainbow bridge. We commonly hear from owners of senior pets that they are slowing down with increasing age.
However, we must remember, old age in itself is not a disease and many older animals can continue to lead a happy and healthy life. However, as an animal ages, the number of diseases or health problems can increase and require treatment to maintain quality of life. Many people have a plan in place to ensure their own senior care is managed in a comfortable way, so why not consider the same for your loyal companion.
As with people, early detection of diseases can result in more effective treatment or management of their condition. Detection of diseases in your pet can involve routine clinical health checks and diagnostics, as well as monitoring your pet at home for changes in behaviour, eating pattern or weight changes and seeking advice when their habits change.
Common disease processes we see in senior pets include hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) in cats, kidney disease, heart disease, dental disease, arthritis and cancer. Diagnosis of these diseases is the first step so we can treat your pet accordingly. Treatments may include medications, prescription diets, joint supplements, surgery, rehabilitation and physiotherapy, and even toe grips to help stop your senior dog slipping over on smooth flooring.
Make an appointment today to discuss your senior pets needs with one of the friendly veterinarians at the clinic.