Every January we focus on Senior Pet Health Care. Your senior pet needs special care to help keep them healthy and happy for as long as possible. On average, we consider cats and dogs to be a senior around seven years of age. The larger the breed of dog the faster they age, so the larger dogs may need special care sooner. Senior pets can develop many of the same problems as older people: cancer, heart disease, kidney/urinary tract disease, liver disease, diabetes, and joint or bone disease. If we catch these conditions early, we can better manage them. We recommend a physical exam at least twice a year. During that exam, we will check for the development of any changes in thirst or appetite, heart murmurs, masses, exercise intolerance, weight, behavior, or just anything different for your pet. We also recommend yearly senior blood work. This blood work includes a Total Panel, CBC, Urinalysis, and Thyroid (T4). With those results, we can detect subtle changes and make adjustments in diet and lifestyle that can significantly improve the quality and length of your pet’s life. During January Senior Blood work will be available at a discounted price. Contact us to make an appointment.

We look forward to discussing the care of your senior pet with you!