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Senior Wellness Program
Pets bring much love and happiness to the family. Our pets live longer and are healthier because of advances made in veterinary care. Aging is a natural part of life. Pets age more quickly than we do, they are considered seniors at age 6 (see age chart). As your pet ages you may notice some changes, many similar to those we experience as we age – less energy, gray hair, not hearing or seeing as well, etc. Health problems or special needs may arise.
Early detection are the keys to an active and healthy life. Common problems that can develop with aging are: tooth and gum disease, arthritis, liver or kidney disease and obesity. We recommend the following exam/tests to help identify problems or needs your senior pet may have:
- Senior Comprehensive Exam (includes dental exam)
- Blood Work (to check organ function and screen for issues, including diabetes)
- Blood Pressure
- Radiography (xrays)
- Fecal test
The doctor will tailor the visit for your senior pet.
Many of these conditions can be managed with diet changes, medications and changes to lifestyle that can help your senior pet be more comfortable and live a happier life.
Senior dog food do’s & don’ts
- Make sure that your dog’s diet includes at least 18% high-quality protein and 5% fat per serving
- Do consider, in consultation with your vet, increasing the level of fiber in his diet, especially if he suffers from frequent constipation.
- Don’t feed you dog between-meal snacks or table scraps.