If you havent already, soon you may begin to notice some
telltale signs that your older pet is entering the "senior"
years. Maybe your dog takes longer to fetch a favorite ball.
Maybe your cat has stopped greeting you at the door, or takes
longer to get there. Maybe he or she is "forgetting"
housetraining. Perhaps youre noticing that your companion
is gaining weight, has poor skin and coat condition or is
sleeping more than usual.
While these things may just seem like normal "old age"
to you, the fact is that any or all of these signs might be
an indication that your senior pet has a medical problem that
In the past, we often accepted a declining quality of life
for our aging pets, or for ourselves, for that matter, as
a fact of life beyond our control. Thanks to advances in disease
detection and treatment, that is no longer necessary!
With appropriate veterinary care and nutrition, your pets
senior years can be a healthy and happy time, and you are
the key to making this happen. You know your companion better
than anyone, so its up to you to report any changes you see
to our veterinary staff. It is also recommended that you bring
them in for physical examinations and lab work more often
as they age. A complete blood profile should be performed
yearly to assess for any possible underlying problems which
may not be apparent at home or during routine exams. Remember,
dogs and cats age 5 to 7 years for every one of yours. This
suggests that health problems can progress 5 to 7 times faster
and, therefore, more frequent checkups are necessary.
By working together, we can prevent or treat many problems
that could rob your faithful companion of their quality of
life. We at JRPH encourage you to make an appointment soon
to discuss our senior pet care program, and find out how we
can help you and your pet spend more quality years of your
If you have any questions, we would be glad to hear from
you. Please call our office any time during our business hours
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