Pets age much faster than people and it can often be difficult to tell the difference between the normal ageing process and signs of disease. Aging in our pets not only varies between species but also by breed, body size and the individual pet. Some pets are particularly good at masking their discomfort or changes and so caring for our senior pets is not always an easy task.
Bringing your senior pet in for 6 monthly wellness examinations and annual diagnostics, to assess your pet’s internal organ health and function, can reassure you that your senior dog or cat is healthy. This also enables us to detect disease conditions early. Often these disease conditions would go otherwise unnoticed until the wellbeing of our senior pets are affected. With early detection, recognition and treatment the prognosis of many diseases is improved, medical cost kept down and ensures your pet will live longer with improved quality of life and thus are more comfortable.
With age risks of dental disease, joint and bone disease, cancer, senility, hormone disorders, heart, kidney and liver disease all increase. There is also a change in both nutritional requirements and daily exercise regimens that should be allowed for during the aging process.
Some of the early warning signs of aging and age-related diseases to watch out for include:
· Interacting less or not seeking as much attention with family
· Confusion or disorientation
· Vocalising for no reason
· Change in sleep pattern
· Episodes of shaking or tremors
· Signs of aggression
· Lags behind on walks
· Difficult rising, jumping or climbing stairs
· Difficulty negotiating litter tray (cats)
Skin and Coat:
· Hair loss
· Scratching, redness, chewing excessively or odour
· Appearance of lumps and bumps
· Bad breath, swollen or bleeding gums
· Difficulty chewing
· Change appetite or eating habits
· Weight gain or loss
· Excessive drinking and/or urination
· Loss of housetraining
· Vomiting, diarrhoea, constipation or straining to toilet
· Trouble with vision and or hearing
· Coughing or increased panting
It is not uncommon for some of these signs to be part of the normal aging process however in some pets they can be signs indicative of early stages of underlying age-related diseases.
During the months of June and July we are offering 20% off laboratory blood and urine tests with every senior health consultation booked. Call us on 5665 7116 to book your senior pet in for a wellness check.