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Taking Care of Older pets

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12/04/2018

Do you own a dog or a cat that is over 9 years old?

 

Do you own a dog or a cat that is over 9 years old? 

Like us, as dogs and cats grow older, they are at an increased risk of developing common age-related diseases, such as:

Cancer

Kidney Disease

Diabetes mellitus

Dental disease

Arthritis

Heart disease

Mental confusion

Hyperthyroidism (cats) 

Animals that are developing arthritis, for example, may be more reluctant to jump or run and you may see changes in their normal behaviour, such as sleeping in unusual positions and uncharacteristic grumpiness! 

Other signs of illness can be; increased or decreased appetite or drinking, weight loss or gain. Signs of disease can develop slowly over a period of time and sometimes go unnoticed. Early detection of these diseases mean steps can be taken to slow their progression and promote a good quality of life in old age. When diabetes and hyperthyroidism are caught early, they can be treated effectively for many years.  Signs of kidney failure only start to show when 75% of the animal’s kidneys have been destroyed, so the earlier this is diagnosed, the more of the kidney function can saved.   

If you feel that your older pet would benefit from a check up, call your veterinary practice. Most practices will offer a ‘Free Creaky clinic’ with a nurse, when your pet can be examined for signs of disease, including urine test and blood pressure measurements. 

Complimentary services such as Physiotherapy and Hydrotherapy are often used to help our Oldies lead happier and more comfortable lives.

 

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