November Spotlight: Senior Pet Wellness at Highlands Animal Care

by | Nov 7, 2023 | Our Blog, Vet Hospital Henderson, Vet Hospital Las Vegas | 0 comments

As November arrives, Highlands Animal Care is shining a spotlight on Senior Pet Wellness. We believe that our beloved senior pets deserve extra attention, care, and routine check-ups to ensure their golden years are comfortable and filled with love. Just like humans, aging pets may encounter various health challenges. To keep your senior furry friends happy and healthy, it’s crucial to be aware of common issues and have them routinely checked for. Let’s delve into some of these age-related problems:

1. Arthritis and Joint Pain: Up to 30-50% of senior pets often develop osteoarthritis pain, which can cause stiffness, discomfort, and reduced mobility. Regular check-ups can help identify this issue early, and your veterinarian can recommend treatments to manage pain and improve your pet’s quality of life.

2. Dental Problems: Dental issues, such as gum disease and tooth decay, become more prevalent as pets age. These problems can lead to pain and difficulty eating. Routine dental check-ups and cleanings are essential for maintaining good oral health in senior pets.

3. Vision and Hearing Loss: Just like humans, pets can experience a decline in their vision and hearing abilities as they age. Regular check-ups can assess their sensory health and provide guidance on how to adapt to these changes.

4. Cognitive Dysfunction: Cognitive dysfunction syndrome (similar to dementia in humans) is a common issue in aging pets. It can result in confusion, disorientation, and changes in behavior. Early detection can help manage and slow down cognitive decline.

5. Kidney and Liver Function: Senior pets are more susceptible to kidney and liver problems. Routine blood tests can monitor these vital organs’ health and help detect any issues that may require treatment.

6. Weight Management: Weight gain or loss can be an issue for aging pets. Maintaining a healthy weight is crucial to prevent or manage various health problems. Regular check-ups include assessments of your pet’s weight and nutritional needs. Highlands Animal Care suggests booking a consultation with our Nutritionist to discuss our Weight Loss Program.

7. Heart Disease: Aging pets can develop heart conditions, such as heart murmurs or congestive heart failure. Routine examinations can detect heart issues early and help manage them effectively.

8. Cancer: As pets age, they become more vulnerable to cancer. Regular check-ups may catch early warning signs, leading to a better prognosis if cancer is detected. HT Vista and Nu.Q are utilized at Highlands Animal Care to help with screening.

9. Bladder and Bowel Function: Senior pets may experience incontinence or other urinary and fecal issues. Your veterinarian can help manage these problems and maintain your pet’s dignity and comfort.

10. Pain Management: Aging pets may suffer from chronic pain due to various conditions. Routine check-ups allow your veterinarian to assess pain levels and implement strategies for pain management. Integrative medicine is offered at Highlands Animal Care.

At Highlands Animal Care, we are dedicated to the well-being of senior pets. Our veterinarians understand the unique needs of aging animals and can provide a tailored wellness plan to address these issues. November is the perfect time to schedule a senior pet check-up and ensure that your furry family member enjoys their senior years to the fullest.

Remember, age is just a number, and with the right care and attention, your senior pet can continue to bring joy to your life. If you have a senior pet, don’t hesitate to reach out to us to schedule their wellness check-up. Together, we’ll make sure their golden years are filled with health, happiness, and love.

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