Celebrating Senior Pets
Once your pets reach the age of 7, your pet enters their senior age, and there can be number of health issues that can affect their longevity and quality of life. Some of these changes are subtle and progress slowly so they can go unnoticed over time. Early proactive health check and intervention leads to a lifetime of good health and our vets are here to help.
A lot of typical senior pet health issues are like those we experience ourselves when we get old, including dental problems, lumps and bumps, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, endocrine disorder, kidney issues and cancer. If left untreated, many of these can progress and eventually lead to suffering and shorter life.
What your vet can offer at senior pet health check or at the time of yearly vaccination and health check visit is discuss general health, lifestyle, anything that may be concerning you on day to day basis with your pet’s health and behaviour and offer to run a baseline comprehensive blood test to check the internal health of your pets. If there are any existing health problems, we would take this opportunity to review the treatment plan to ensure your pet is receiving the best care.
Knowing that dogs and cats age roughly 7-8 human years in one calendar year, we recommend that every pet gets a vet check at least once a year. If your pets are currently on medication, have existing health issues or for a senior pet (over 7 years of age), we recommend 6 monthly check ups. Make a note of your pet’s general health and talk to your vet about any concerns, changes you noticed especially around your pet’s weight, appetite, toileting, overall behaviour, skin and coat condition and mobility. It is important you communicate any changes or concerns to your GP vet so we can together help your senior pets enjoy life to its fullness.
Below are just a few of common medical conditions senior pets can experience:
Periodontal disease, gingivitis, oral cancer
Signs: bad breath, red and swollen gum, tumour, calculi and discoloured teeth
Inflammatory and degenerative conditions, bile duct issues, cancer
Signs: decreased appetite, vomiting, diarrhoea, increased drinking and urination, yellow gum, skin and eye
Kidney failure, kidney stones, kidney infection, chronic kidney insufficiency
Signs: Increased thirst and urination, decreased appetite, weight loss, vomiting, diarrhoea, unkept coat, back pain
Heart and lungs:
Cardiac disease, pneumonia, bronchitis, cancer
Signs: exercise intolerance, breathing difficulty, coughing, weight loss, pot belly
Osteoarthritis, hip dysplasia, back disease
Signs: Lameness, stiffness, reluctance to walk, decreased appetite, slow movements, discomfort/pain, weight gain due to lack of exercise
Diabetes mellitus, hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, hypoadrenocorticism
Signs: weight change, increased appetite, vomiting, thirst, frequent urination, lack of energy
Signs: lumps, vomiting, diarrhoea, general unwell presentation
Cataracts, dry eye, glaucoma
Signs - grey / bluish hue at the centre of the eye, rubbing of the eye, swelling, redness, irritation, tearing, ocular discharge
Colitis, inflammatory bowel disease, pancreatitis, cancer
Signs - vomiting, diarrhoea, weight loss, abdominal pain
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