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Ageing and our pets

This month we will be looking at some of the health problems that can affect our pets as they become older.

Pets over the age of 8 years old are generally considered to be ‘senior’, and require particular care. This may seem quite young, but consider this; our pets’ fast metabolism means that they age approximately 7 years for every calendar year, so an eight year old pet will have the physical condition equivalent to that of a fifty six year old person.old-dog-sitting-1545519-1279x1705

Common problems seen in older pets include-

  • Arthritis
  • Kidney disease
  • Tumours
  • Heart disease
  • Eyesight problems
  • Dental problems
  • Senility
  • Liver disease
  • Overactive thyroid (in cats only)

Of course, this list is not exhaustive, and some of the problems can occur in younger animals too.

Advances in modern veterinary medicine mean that many predominantly age related illnesses can be managed successfully to maintain a good quality of life for your pet when they are diagnosed early and treated effectively.

As changes in condition can happen relatively quickly we recommend that older pets have a physical examination every six months and that some diagnostic screening of urine and/or blood is considered to establish any early signs of deterioration of internal organs, such as the heart and kidneys.

Appropriate medication, regular health monitoring, supportive therapies and understanding care from a vet who sees you and your pet regularly can help to prolong a full and active lifestyle.

 

 

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