Senior Pet Arthritis Care

It’s that time of the year when the cold weather sets in and everyone stays inside in a warm, cozy home. Wintertime can also take its toll on our furry friends. Many senior cats and dogs have difficulty walking on the ice and can slip and hurt their muscles or joints. The cold can also make already existing ailments like arthritis worse, causing our pets to be less active. Dogs and cats are considered seniors at 7-10 years of age, depending on their breed. Continue…

Chronic Kidney Disease in Pets

 

By: Jessica Groeneweg, DVM

   Kidney Disease is a concern in our pets, both dogs and cats. However, cats are more likely to have kidney disease at some point. Over 30% of cats will have kidney disease at any age in their lives. When cats get older, almost half of the cat population acquires some form or stage of kidney disease. This causes sickness and death in many cats. Continue…

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Senior Pets

By Tamara Kees | Veterinary Assistant

Due to advances in veterinary medicine over the past several decades, our pets are living a lot longer! While this is fantastic, it does present special considerations—senior pets are just like senior humans, and they have some different needs regarding diet, exercise, exams every 6 months as opposed to annually, and sometimes modification to their home environment. A dog or cat is considered a senior anywhere from age 6 to 10, depending on size and overall health. In this blog we will cover several ways to keep our pets happy and healthy as possible. Continue…

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Senior Pet Wellness & Bloodwork

IMG_20150918_092616 (1)Senior Wellness Blood Chemistries

Did you know that, depending on the size, your dog or cat ages about 5-7 times more rapidly than you do? Getting a senior pet wellness exam every year for a large dog is equivalent to an exam every 7 years! Because our pets age differently than we do, it is important to make sure our senior pets who seem healthy on the outside are truly healthy on the inside. The same metabolic changes that occur in us start to happen in our pets as they become geriatric – usually around 7 years old! These changes can bring on disease and organ degeneration. Unfortunately, because of their genetic history as animals vulnerable to predators, our pets tend to hide symptoms of pain and discomfort, so visible symptoms may not occur in your pet until disease is quite advanced, and the pet’s lifespan can be dramatically shortened by that time. Early disease and arthritic changes are also easier and much less expensive to treat or halt than advanced diseases in the long run. Continue…

Senior Pets FAQ’s

11052526_655202564579378_525402911843020363_nDiets and veterinary care have improved considerably over the past years; because of this our pets are living longer than ever. This is great because we get to spend more time with our beloved pets; the only downside is that senior dogs and cats face more health problems than their younger counterparts. These health problems create special needs for senior pets.

When is a pet considered a senior pet?

Most cats and dogs are considered to be senior pets at 7 years old, but this can vary from pet to pet.

What kinds of problems can affect senior pets?

Senior pets can develop various health problems, as they get older. These health problems include, but are not limited to; cancer, heart disease, kidney/urinary tract disease, diabetes, joint or bone disease, senility and/or weakness. Continue…