We want to help you keep your pet healthy and happy into its senior years by offering a 25-30% discount on our
senior pet health screens during February and March.
Importance of Senior Pet Health Screens
My pet's always been healthy. Why should I worry now that they're a little older?
Just like people, your cat's and dog's health will change as it ages. And because pets age faster than people, major health changes can happen quickly.
Especially for senior pets, early detection and treatment can help them live longer, healthier lives. Regular checkups can uncover hidden disease before it is clinically apparent. Click the following link for more information on common conditions that affect senior pets.
Many infectious diseases show few signs during initial infection. As disease progresses and signs become visible, it may be harder for senior pets to fight infection.
What Particular risks does my senior pet face?
Similar to people in their "golden years", senior pets have an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, endocrine disease and cancer. Because these diseases show few signs in early stages, preventive health care and routine blood work for senior dogs and cats are very important. For more information on the individual blood tests click here.
Issues with mobility often affect pets as they become older. Arthritis or stiffness in the joints can be painful and lead to decreased exercise and activity levels, or make simple tasks like climbing stairs more difficult. With the aid of examination and radiographs we can make a better assessment of arthritis and make better judgements for treatment of arthritic pain.
Also like aging people, senior pets have a greater risk for developing diseases of the internal organs such as the kidneys, liver and pancreas. Common problems in older pets such as weight gain and dental disease can contribute to stress on the internal organs. Regular blood work is a very effective way to allow early detection of internal organ damage - catching these warning indicators early gives your veterinarian the chance to establish a meaningful plan of action to benefit your pet.
What can I do to help?
Schedule an annual wellness screen for your pet. Regular checkups can help your veterinarian detect disease sooner, even if your pet shows no signs of being sick.
Watch for changes in your pet's health. Tell your veterinarian immediately if you notice any changes in behaviour, appetite, exercise/activity level or mobility.
Help your pet live a healthy lifestyle. Good nutrition and exercise can help your pet live a longer and healthier life, so make sure they eat right and play often.