Taking Care of Your Pet Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

At around age 7, pets begin to enter their senior years. They can develop diseases similar to humans, such as diabetes, heart disease, endocrine disease, liver disease, kidney disease, arthritis, and cancer. Sometimes, early stages of these diseases go unnoticed. Just as in human medicine, preventive health care for seniors can result in early detection and treatment before disease puts your pet’s health at risk.

Here are some tips to help keep your older pet healthy and happy:

Schedule routine check-ups. We recommend semi-annual health checks for seniors. We can identify health risks through simple tests, including:

  • Routine blood testing
  • Urinalysis
  • Electrocardiograph
  • Radiographs
  • Blood pressure

Let us know about any changes in your pet you’ve observed, such as:

  • Weight
  • Eating or drinking
  • Behavior
  • Activity level
  • Skin and coat
  • Sleep
  • Housetraining
  • Tremors or shaking

Ask us about how nutrition and exercise can play a vital role in keeping your older pet healthy.

September is Senior Pet Health Month. Orchard Mesa Veterinary Hospital is offering a special in September on a senior health profile which includes a comprehensive bloodwork panel, urinalysis, and thyroid check. Call our office for details.