Advice for Aging Pets

March 26, 2011

 

Pet life expectancies have improved over the years due to advances in veterinary medicine, giving us longer to enjoy our beloved pets.  As our companions age, their health care needs increase, rather than diminish.  The following advice will help you continue to provide attentive care for your senior pets. 

1.      Continue to Provide Preventative Care!  Older pets are still vulnerable to heartworms, intestinal parasites, fleas, ticks, and the various diseases that vaccines cover.  In fact, they may be more prone to debilitating disease as their bodies and organs are not as strong as they once were.  You have protected your pet for years!  Don’t stop now!

2.      Expect More!  Being older is not an excuse for illness.  It is the underlying disease process that makes the pet ill, not advancing years.  Older pets are still entitled to vibrant lives.  While arthritis and internal illnesses plague older pets, they can be very well managed with proper care.  Annual or twice yearly physical exams and lab work can allow your veterinarian to identify and address disease processes that may be slowing down your pet.  Don’t settle for less!

3.      Watch Carefully!  After years with your pet, you are well versed in their normal behaviors.  If things change, do not hesitate to have your pet evaluated.  Signs of weight loss, weakness, pain or increased respirations may be neon signs of disease!  Older pets have a harder time regulating their body temperature so observe them carefully during extreme weather.  Nutritional requirements often change as a pet advances in years so be attuned to your pet’s weight and body condition.  Senior pets also have a more difficult time rebounding from dietary upset, so preventing access to inappropriate foodstuffs is wise. 

With conscientious, committed owners and competent, compassionate veterinarians we can ensure your pet enjoys a healthy full life. 

 

Tick Threats

March 16, 2011

The ticks in our area possess various bacteria which they are sharing generously with our dogs!  Recent convenient in –clinic testing has enabled us to diagnose many cases of Lyme disease and Ehrlichiosis.  These two diseases are part of a trio that poses severe life threatening risks to dogs who acquire ticks.  Both Lyme disease and Ehrlichia cause general signs of weakness, weight loss, fever, and decreased appetite.  However, while Lyme disease notoriously affects the joints and sometime...


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Heart Attack!

February 28, 2011

While cupid armed with love, targets human hearts, mosquitoes armed with heartworm larvae aim at dog hearts.  With the number of mosquitoes in this area, dogs face a severe risk of being infected with deadly heartworms.  An infected mosquito bites the dog, injecting heartworm larvae under the skin.  The larvae mature under the skin and then travel to the heart and the arteries in the lungs.  Approximately 6-9 months after being deposited under the skin, the fertilized female worms begin to pr...


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Dental Denial

February 22, 2011

“Does my dog really need his teeth cleaned?”
 

That depends!  Some pets never need a dental cleaning, while others need frequent dental care.  As a general rule, dogs that are smaller, older, on moist diets or that have crowded teeth need the most dental care.  In regards to dental health, there is the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.  Providing you have a well mannered dog, lift the upper lips and examine the mouth.  The Good: A healthy mouth has white, clean, firm teeth and healthy pink (or ...


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Lyme Disease: A Ticking Time Bomb

February 1, 2011

It’s time we became aware of a preventable, life threatening disease of our dogs.  Lyme disease is transmitted by the Ixodes tick (black leg tick) which is very common in our area.  The immature tick acquires the bacteria (Borrelia burgdorferi) from a carrier such as a mouse or bird, and becomes infected for life.   Then when that same tick attaches to a dog (or rarely a cat, horse or human) and remains attached for a minimum of 18 hours, it can transmit the infection.  Symptoms of Lyme dis...


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Flee Flea!!

January 24, 2011

Many pets are experiencing flea infestations.  Perhaps you have observed your pet scratching or noticed scabs or hairless areas.  Possibly you’ve felt a bite on your ankle or even seen one of those tiny and elusive pests.  Take a moment to examine your pet’s skin for evidence of fleas.  Although you might see an actual flea, you will more likely notice the black “flea dirt” that fleas leave behind.  Just a few fleas rapidly become thousands, as adult female fleas can lay 50 eggs a day...


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