Here at Westlock Veterinary Center we are going to be celebrating Senior Pets for the month of November!
Did you know that when your pet reaches the age of 7 it is time to start having regular blood and urine screens done?
Aging is not a disease but it does increase the occurrence of certain conditions such as arthritis, kidney disease, heart disease, and cancer. Having regular screenings done may find a disease before your pet starts showing signs.
Mature animals are also at a higher risk for:
- muscle loss
- renal disease
- masses and tumours
- hypo or hyperthyroidism
- dental disease
The earlier your veterinarian diagnoses an underlying condition in your pet, the more options there will be to treat or manage the disease and give your pet a better quality of life.
Targeted nutrition can support your pet at his/her different stages of life. Based on the findings from your pet’s exam your veterinary team may advise a change to their nutrition. Talk to your veterinarians or technicians about your pet’s health and we will find a diet that has been created to meet the needs of your individual cat or dog.
Fun fact: Dogs and cats age 5-8 times faster than humans, so dogs by age 7 and cats by age 10 are considered seniors.
Call today to book your pet a senior wellness exam at a discount for the month of November!
Wellness profile includes examination, blood work, & urinalysis.