Pets are living longer, healthier lives than ever before. This is not entirely surprising since with yearly physical examinations, annual vaccinations, dental care, improved nutrition and regular blood and urine testing, diseases are able to be controlled or even prevented by:
1. Annual physical and dental examinations to help detect underlying problems. At the time of the annual examination any vaccinations that might be due, are given.
2. Advise of health or behaviour changes as your pet ages, no matter how subtle, since these signs might be an indication of early underlying problems.
3. Annual blood and urine tests to determine whether there are any change from the previous year. Abnormalities are often present before an owner is aware of any outward changes
4. As your pets age, you should be increasingly concerned about feeding a premium quality diet with just the right mix of protein, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants for your pet. Being aware of your pet’s optimal weight helps to maintain a long and healthy life.
A thorough physical examination, including blood and urine testing best aids in the determination of the route to follow that will promote a health and wellness.
If there are problems…
There are prescription/therapeutic diets designed for pets with a multitude of ailments, from diabetes, obesity, liver disease, kidney disease, heart disease, dental disease, bladder stones, obesity, cancer, and even senility. Senior diets meet the needs of an aging pet. There are many well researched home cooked recipes available for picky eaters, those with failing organs, or for owners that believe in the value of fresh ingredients. Early detection of diseases allow intervention and / or treatment to begin before complications arise and and may help to slow the progress of disease.
Aging pets may suffer from arthritis, requiring relief of pain. This can be provided in the form of any combination of pharmaceuticals, laser therapy, acupuncture, massage, and if necessary, weight reduction. Your pet can have a longer and more comfortable life, by intervening early, and addressing issues that might otherwise affect your pet’s quality of life.