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Owners of older pets know what a special part of the family they can be; whether you've had them since they were a puppy, or adopted them as a senior, older pets do require some special treatment. And no, we aren't referring to extra belly rubs and their favorite foods, although they deserve those things too! Of course, we mean extra veterinary attention to address the needs of an aging companion animal.
The proper care and attention from your vet can help to ensure that your pet's older years continue to be filled with joy and happiness! Senior pet exams can check for common illnesses that occur in older animals and this early detection can improve the effectiveness of treatments and care.
Just like their human companions, it is more difficult for aged pets to recover from illnesses that wouldn't have slowed them down too much in their younger days. As your pet ages, it becomes more beneficial for them to receive more veterinarian attention. With regular check-ups, including blood tests and screenings for common diseases and ailments, early detection becomes more likely which increases the effectiveness of treatment. Regular care helps your pet to live a healthy life, well into their older years, and enjoy a high quality of life through all stages, a little proactive care can make a huge difference! If your older friend has already slowed down and is exhibiting signs of aging, regular vet care can help to detect further issues and alert you to when their lethargy is a sign of a more serious issue. An aging pet can still be quite healthy!
Conditions such as diabetes, heart, and kidney issues do not have to be a part of your pet's life. With the right care and preventive treatment, these ailments can be avoided altogether or their onset can be delayed. As your pet ages they will become more susceptible to debilitating conditions that can shorten their lives; however, with regular and proactive treatment many pets live well for many, many years. The right nutrition, exercise program, and activity level can make an impact on not only your pet's longevity but also their quality of life. The entire staff at the Sherbrook Animal Hospital is dedicated to the health and well-being of all of our furry patients! Let us help you keep your pet healthy and a part of the family for many years to come.
If you have a senior pet and are in need of a veterinarian, the Sherbrook Animal Hospital is a full-service veterinary facility that is here to meet the needs of your older pet. Give us a call today at (204) 774-3544 to schedule a senior wellness appointment!
The Sherbrook Animal Hospital is conveniently located at 399 Sherbrook Street in Winnipeg.
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