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As a pet owner in Alexandria, you look forward to your furry companion living a long, healthy life. The good news is in today’s society pet are living longer lives; however, as they age, to ensure a longer life, they require various types of special care. You’re probably aware of the fact that as your pet ages, they will begin to slow down on their activities, but it is important to talk with your veterinarian about senior life stages and signs of illness that you should be aware of in order to help your aging pet to be as comfortable and healthy as possible.
Your pet will age in many of the same ways that you do, but cats and dog's age at an accelerated rate. A regular senior pet wellness exam is important for senior pets. During your pet’s senior wellness exam, the veterinarian will look for signs of joint pain or arthritis, check their vision and look for hearing loss as well as perform blood tests to check the liver, thyroid and kidney functions. It is also important for you to monitor your pet’s health in between veterinary visits. Some of the warning signs of illness that you should be aware of may include:
During your senior pet exam appointments with the vet, your veterinarian will provide you with a range of important information about the health of your pet as well as things you can do to help them stay healthy. For example, you may be given information about the best exercise and foods for senior pets. Having a pet that has been diagnosed with a medical problem or disease can be scary, but it is important to keep in mind that your veterinarian will develop a treatment plan designed to keep your pet healthy and comfortable for as long as possible.
Along with scheduling a routine senior pet wellness exam, there are some things you can do at home as well to ensure your aging pet is safe and comfortable. For example, an older pet with arthritis or other joint problems may find it difficult to get around and slippery surfaces of tile or hardwood floors can be challenging. A simple solution is to place a few non-slip yoga mats in areas where your pet spends most of their time; the traction will make it much easier for your pet to walk and may help to prevent them from losing their balance. Using pet stairs will also make it easier for your pet to get in the car or on the sofa.
With proper planning and a little extra care, you can help to keep your aging pet safe, comfortable and healthy for years to come. Contact the Fort Hunt Animal Hospital in Alexandria today to schedule your pet’s senior wellness exam.
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