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Your Pet May Be Senior Sooner Than You Think?

Your pet might have only been a member of your family for what seems like a few short years. But did you know that dogs and cats are considered to be Senior pets at just seven years old?

Unfortunately for pets, that means Senior as in elderly not school or college!  That’s because pets age much faster than humans and like us they tend to have more medical complaints as they grow older.

For example, senior pets are at higher risk of developing health problems such as:

  1. Arthritis
  2. Diabetes
  3. Dental Disease
  4. Thyroid Disease
  5. Kidney Failure
  6. Joint or Bone disease
  7. Heart Disease
  8. Obesity
  9. Skin Problems
  10. Cancer
  11. Liver Disease
  12. Senility

We see problems like these in senior pets every day and there’s nothing more heart breaking than having to tell a client that their fur baby has a potentially life threatening condition.

The good news is that a lot of these health conditions can be treated or even prevented…if they are diagnosed early enough. You see, an important part of our job as Veterinarians is to look for early signs of disease in your pet. It is, obviously, much better for your pet if we can catch disease early before it develops into a stage where it may become untreatable.

One of the best ways to check for early signs of disease is by running wellness bloodwork. This involves drawing a small amount of blood (don’t worry, your pet won’t feel a thing) and then testing it.senior pets

It is extremely important for your pet because we have seen many pets for wellness checkups that outwardly seemed healthy but their bloodwork showed signs of health problems such as early kidney disease or diabetes.

Another benefit of running wellness bloodwork year after year is that we can compare previous results and track subtle changes that can be an indicator of a developing problem.

Wellness bloodwork for senior should include a full serum chemistry profile, a Complete Blood Count, a thyroid test and a urinalysis. Heartworm and fecal tests should be included for both dogs and cats.

The good news is that September is Celebrate Senior Pets Month at Caldwell Mill Animal clinic and we’ve got a special offer for Senior Pets…

1/2 off radiographs with purchase of senior bloodwork

Call us now (205) 991-7986 to make an appointment. Hurry as appointments are limited and this offer will end on September 30th.

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