Canine Sr. Pet Care
At Animal Care Center of Fort Scott, we provide care for your pet through all stages of life. Since pets age faster than we do, it's easy to forget that they can be considered seniors after just seven years. And as they get older, their health needs change in unique ways that require proper consideration.Sustained, significant increase in water consumption or urinationSudden weight loss or gainSignificant decrease in appetite or failure to eat for more than two daysSignificant increase in appetiteRepeated vomitingDiarrhea lasting over 3 daysChange in housebreakingLameness lasting more than five days or lameness in more than one legNoticeable decrease in visionOpen sores or scabs on the skin that persist for more than one weekFoul mouth odor or drooling that lasts more than two daysIncreasing size of the abdomenIncreasing inactivity or amount of time sleepingHair loss, especially if accompanied by scratching or if in specific areasExcessive pantingInability to chew dry foodBlood in stool or urineSudden collapse or bout of weaknessSeizuresPersistent cough or gaggingBreathing heavily or rapidly at rest
We will work with you to develop a health plan that is right for the unique needs of your senior pet. Nutrition, exercise, and the prevention of common problems through regular exams are all ways to help your senior pet stay healthy.
As a pet owner, you want to make sure your pet has the highest quality of life as they age. With proper care, they may even get more time to spend with you and your family, so educating pet owners on proper senior pet care is very important.
Signs of Problems:
If your pet experiences any of these symptoms, call and make an appointment with your veterinarian. Early detection of difficulties may not only lengthen their lives, but add to their quality of life.
Here are a few links that may help you in helping your senior pet: http://www.healthypet.com/PetCare/PetCareArticle.aspx?art_key=229c06ce-b412-4993-9bfe-7300ab21c0d0 http://www.healthypet.com/PetCare/PetCareArticle.aspx?art_key=a30ec8d3-e85b-4a67-a164-8041b5ee39ea http://www.healthypet.com/PetCare/PetCareArticle.aspx?art_key=ada7e50b-e2d1-4667-bb5e-7788617dd683