Posts Tagged ‘Cats’

Ashlyn’s Blog #2 – Osteoarthritis in Cats

Many pet owners believe it is normal for their older cat to sleep more and be less active, which is not the case. Osteoarthritis (OA), in cats is a very common condition with nearly 40% of all cats having clinical signs and greater than 90% of cats older than 12 years showing bone changes on x-rays. This condition is not exclusive to older cats, even cats as young as 2 years old can suffer from OA. However, the signs are usually not recognized by pet owners and the condition is underdiagnosed by the veterinary profession. In fact, only 13% of affected cats globally are being diagnosed. We understand that assessing cats for its presence and educating owners to recognize the signs is critical. Once the disease is identified the quality of life improves greatly because they no longer suffer from the pain and reduced mobility.

The most common signs are decreased agility and reduced mobility. Some behavioral changes are also common and usually associated with the cats’ decreased agility and reluctance to move around.

There are a few things that can be done to help your cat with OA. Including pain management, food supplements and specific diets, weight reduction if needed, environmental modifications, exercise/physical therapy, and surgery.  There is a once monthly injectable that can help your cat get back to moving more freely again. It stops OA pain from disrupting the unique bond they share with you. It is easy to give and tolerated really well. If you think your cat may have OA pain please make an appointment and ask your veterinarian about this option.

November is Senior Pet Month

November is Senior Pet month at Westlock Vet Center

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:

  • Obesity
  • muscle loss
  • renal disease
  • masses and tumours
  • cataracts
  • hypo or hyperthyroidism
  • diabetes
  • 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.