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As dogs and cats get older, they require extra attention and special care. Regular veterinary exams can help your senior pet live a longer, healthier, and more comfortable life! The senior wellness program at Huron East Animal Hospital can help your pet remain fit and healthy throughout the golden years. It can also help us catch any potential health concerns earlier, when they’re easier to treat or manage.
Early diagnosis of diseases and certain conditions is important throughout a pet’s life, but it becomes even more critical when your dog or cat enters the senior years. That’s because the risks of arthritis, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, hormone disorders, and kidney and liver problems all increase with age. In addition, older dogs and cats may not show any signs of even serious diseases until they are advanced.
Senior status varies depending on your pet’s breed and size. Smaller dogs tend to live longer than larger dogs, and cats generally live longer than dogs. The experienced team at Huron East Animal Hospital can help determine what life stage your pet is in.
Before your dog or cat reaches senior status, we recommend that you bring them in for a baseline exam and diagnostic workup. This will provide us with a record of what’s normal for your pet so we can keep track of any changes. In most cases, we suggest this checkup occur at age 7 for dogs and 8 for cats.
At Huron West Animal Hospital, we can treat many symptoms that are commonly attributed to age, including those associated with cognitive dysfunction syndrome (similar to Alzheimer’s in humans). We can also improve your pet’s quality of life by identifying, preventing, and/or reducing pain, recommending a nutrition and exercise plan, and suggesting certain lifestyle and environmental modifications.
As always, we will tailor your pet’s senior wellness plan to his or her individual needs. If you have any questions, give us a call so we can discuss our senior wellness program in more detail.
Huron East Animal Hospital
A4-1606 Battler Rd
Kitchener, Ontario N2R 0C9
Mon – Fri: 8am – 6pm
Saturday: 8am – 5pm
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