HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR AGING PETS
September is senior pet month at Vail Valley Animal Hospital. Take advantage of our great specials and learn more about your aging pet from the information below.
Many dog and cat owners struggle with the fact and realization that their beloved dog or cat has entered their elder years. 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. By taking the right measures you can ensure your pet's golden years are the absolute best they can be!
The Vail Valley Animal Hospital has put together some key points from ASPCA
and PETMED to help ensure your pets enjoy their elder years and remain healthy and active as long as possible.
1 - KEEP YOUR DOG & CAT AT HEALTHY WEIGHTS:
Just as with humans, extra weight can really add a lot of unnecessary stress and 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.
2 - COMMON HEALTH ISSUES IN OLDER DOGS:
As your dog begins to age the following are things you want to consider and have checked out by your Vet:
- Cognitive problems
- Intestinal problems
- Prostate disease
- Testicular cancer
- Infected uterus
- Arthritis & joint disease
- Kidney issues
- Liver problems
Many of these common aging dog health issues can be diagnosed by your Veterinarian We highly recommend scheduling an appointment to have your elder pet checked over!
If you begin to notice unusual symptoms with your pet be sure and have them looked over and tested asap. Especially if you notice things like incontinence, lumps shortness of breath, coughing, discharge, appetite urination, stiffness, and unusual behavior.
3 - PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO YOUR PET'S TEETH:
Tartar build up can cause gingivitis which can cause very harmful bacteria in your senior pets blood stream, and ultimately causing a lot of damage to your pet's internal organs. It's very important that you provide regular dental care for your pets and especially with seniors!
4 - EXERCISE YOUR PET:
Just because your dog is slowing down doesn't mean you still cannot exercise them! It's important and critical to keeping your dog healthy - both physically and mentally - by regular exercise. Your dog might not be able to do the long treks they once did but consider something shorter and less strenuous and keep at it with your pet!
5 - HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOUR PET SEE THE VET:
Annual "wellness" check-ups are important to schedule for your pet. As your pet ages this becomes even more important. Communicate and talk with your Vet to determine when more frequent visits should start and what to watch for based on tests. ASPCA experts recommend that healthy senior dogs see the vet every six months. Make sure the exams are thorough—vets should listen to your dog’s heart and lungs, take their temperature and examine your dog’s skin, fur, ears, eyes, mouth, teeth and internal organs. They may also order routine screening tests for early detection of problems.
HITTING THE ROAD SOON AND NOT SURE WHAT TO DO WITH YOUR PET WHEN YOU LEAVE THE VAIL VALLEY?
LET US TAKE CARE OF YOUR PETS! If you are headed out of town in the coming days you can always use our top notch Vail Valley Animal Hospital
Pet Boarding Services to ensure all your pets needs are well taken care of while
you are gone. With a passionate staff, plenty of play and rest time, optional
grooming packages, and a nice clean environment make VVAH your preferred choice
when it comes to pet boarding in the Vail Valley! Learn
more about our pet
boarding services here!
Dr. Charlie Meynier
If you have specific questions or concerns regarding your aging pet, please contact us anytime by calling us
at 970.949.4044 (Eagle-Vail, CO location) or 970.926.3496 (Edwards, CO location).
Feel free to e-mail questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Veterinarian's
Charlie Meynier and Tom Suplizio practice at the Vail Valley Animal Hospital
and ER, with locations in Eagle-Vail and Edwards that offer comprehensive small
animal medicine and surgery.
On-call vets are available after hours, and an emergency hospital in Edwards
is open 24 hours a day, with a doctor on the premises weekends and holidays.
For more information, call 970-926-3496 or visit www.vailvalleyanimalhospital.com.
Sources: ASPCA, PETMD