Senior Wellness Care
Once we reach a certain age, we are considered seniors. The same can be said for our pets. In general, by the time a cat or dog reaches around 7 or 8 years old, he is considered a senior pet. This may seem very young to us, but it is important to remember that our pet’s bodies age at a far more rapid pace than our own. This means that our animals need senior care much earlier than we might anticipate.
Just like us, our pets are much more prone to developing health problems once they reach their senior years. This is largely to do with the natural deterioration of their body functions and systems, including their immune system. This makes them more vulnerable to infectious diseases and makes it much harder for them to fight off any viruses or diseases that they come into contact with. However, it isn’t just a change in your pet’s health that you need to expect. There are various other aspects of his lifestyle that any responsible owner should take into consideration once their furbaby reaches old age. Luckily, you have a valuable tool at your disposal – senior wellness care, which is something that we can provide here at our pet clinic in Las Vegas, NV.
What is Included in Senior Pet Wellness Care?
As part of your pet’s senior wellness care, you will be asked to bring him in for fairly regular appointments so that we can assess his health and condition and make any recommendations that could improve his quality of life. In most instances, these appointments will be 6-monthly, but if he has a pre-existing medical condition, it may be necessary to increase their frequency.
Some of the things that you can expect to happen as part of your pet’s wellness care appointments include the following:
A physical examination - This will be used to check his body for any obvious abnormalities, as well as checking his weight, muscle tone, heart rate, respiratory rate, temperature, and joints.
Blood testing – These tests are used to determine what is going on inside your pet’s body, including how well his organs are functioning, the ability of his immune system to respond to threats, how well hydrated he is, whether he is anemic, etc. These tests are useful in diagnosing many health problems such as diabetes, liver and kidney failure.
Urinalysis – This test is used to assess the health of your pet’s urinary tract, including the kidneys and bladder.
Thyroid check – Thyroid function naturally deteriorates with age, so this test is used to determine if your pet has an issue with his thyroid.
(All test and observation results, including those from his physical examination, will be measured against previous test results and the averages for the age and breed to determine if any element of his health is deteriorating)
Vaccination check and preventative medications – Vaccinations form an essential part of your pet’s preventative care and ensure he is kept safe from the many infectious diseases that can put his health at risk. Our veterinarians will check the status of his vaccinations as well as his other preventative medications, such as those for parasites, and make recommendations.
Behavior and lifestyle advice – As your pet gets older, you will almost certainly notice that his behavior begins to change. He may seem more anxious or worried than before, he may be less willing to participate in activities or seem more short-tempered than usual. His vision and hearing may be compromised by natural deterioration, and his appetite and water consumption will also change. We will be able to talk to you through the changes that you can expect and offer all of the necessary support to help you and your precious pet adapt to ensure that his senior years are as comfortable as possible for him.
If you would like more information about our senior wellness care services, or if you would like to book an appointment for your older pet, please get in touch with Flamingo Pet Clinic in Las Vegas, NV where our team will be delighted to assist you 702-903-3200.