As pet lovers we understand it can be very difficult to watch your pet grow old. You might start to notice that they aren't as quick to respond, or not as eager to do the activities that they once did. Whatever the signs might be, it is important to recognize those signs and act accordingly. Here are some key points from the Gunbarrel Veterinary staff and the ASPCA to keep your pet's golden years the best they can be: KEEP YOUR PET AT A HEALTHY WEIGHT: Just as with humans, extra weight can really add a lot of unnecessary stress to your pet's joints and quality of life. If you think your pet needs to shed a few pounds consult with your veterinarian about possible diets and exercise that can help combat the extra weight.
COMMON HEALTH ISSUES IN OLDER PETS: As your pet begins to age, here are some things you want to consider and discuss with your veterinarian:
Arthritis & joint disease
If you begin to notice anything unusual with your pet be sure and have them examined right away, especially if you notice things like incontinence, lumps, shortness of breath, coughing, a change in appetite, frequent urination, stiffness and unusual behavior.
PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO YOUR PET'S TEETH: Tartar build up can cause gingivitis which can cause very harmful bacteria in your senior pet's blood stream. It's very important that you provide regular dental care for your pet, especially with seniors!
EXERCISE YOUR PET: Just because your pet is slowing down doesn't mean you can't exercise them. Exercise is an important factor in keeping your pet healthy, both physically and mentally. Your dog might not be able to do the same long treks, but consider something shorter and less strenuous and keep at it. Spend time playing games with your cat!
HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOUR PET SEE THE VET?: Annual "wellness" check-ups are important for your pet. As your pet ages this becomes even more important. Communicate with your veterinarian to determine when more frequent visits should start and what to watch for. The ASPCA recommends that healthy senior dogs and cats see the vet every six months. Make sure the exams are thorough—vets should listen to your pet’s heart and lungs, take their temperature and examine your pet’s skin, hair coat, ears, eyes, mouth, teeth and internal organs. They may also order routine screening tests for early detection of problems.
Gunbarrel Veterinary Hospital 4636 N. 55th Street Boulder, CO 80301 Phone: 303-530-2500 Fax: 844-273-9514 email@example.com
Hospital Hours Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 7:45AM to 5:30PM Tuesday & Thursday: 7:45AM to 7:00PM Saturday: 8:00AM to 12:00PM Sunday: Closed