Gypsy is a 10 and half year old Kelpie X Border Collie. Since Gypsy is over 7 years old, she is classed as a senior pet. It is important from now on that Gypsy's parents take extra steps to ensure we can prolong and enhance her quality of life. In human years, Gypsy would now be equivalent to a 70 year old human and as we all know at that age we all become a little more fragile and require more regular health checks by our doctor.
During Gypsy's senior check we include a hands on physical examination, weight check, arthritis grading, dental assessment, cardiac monitoring, discussion about your dogs behaviour, eye examination, examination of lumps and bumps and depending on these results a blood screen is then performed.
Mid this year Gypsy had her first senior health check. The veterinarian listened to her heart and then checked her over from nose to tail for anything abnormal. A blood test was performed and some slight changes were detected which Dr. Alex is currently monitoring. Gypsy also had some fatty lumps checked over. Gypsy's family will closely monitor these lumps for any changes. Overall Gypsy is a beautiful old girl that is doing well in her "Golden Years". We all look forward to seeing Gypsy for her regular check-ups and making sure she is comfortable, happy and to also spoil her with liver treats that she loves.
As our pets age, it is important to make sure we conduct regular and thorough health check-ups at our veterinary clinic. So why not book your senior pet in for a senior health check.
Age Busters - Eight tips on how to keep your senior pet looking and feeling great!
- Regular health check-ups - just as senior citizens have regular check-ups and tests, it's important for your pet too. We recommend a check-up every six months.
- Healthy teeth - healthy inside! Keep your pet's teeth and gums clean.
- Love and time - your pet is changing. They many not hear or see you like they used to, so give them your patience and attention.
- Formulated diet - especially for seniors without the extra calories. Help your pet to maintain a healthy weight as there are various senior pet problems relating to obesity.
- Watch, be observant! - if your pet changes in appearance, behaviour or appetite, this may be a sign of illness. Make sure you let your veterinarian know immediately.
- Let's get physical - maintain a regular exercise program that your pet can manage.
- Environment - prevent the stress of ageing and look out for suitable modifications that can be made to your pets living quarters to make life easier.
- Creatures of habit - older pets love routine, if possible try not to change their daily schedule.
Watching them grow old
It is believed by many cat and dog owners that as our pets get older they don't require routine preventative health measures, such as vaccinations, as often anymore. People generally think that because they have had these treatments so many times over their life their immunity will be stronger. This unfortunately is an old wives tale. As our pets age, their immune system begins to decline, therefore making preventative health measures more important.
The most common ageing conditions we see in our cats and dogs are:
- Dental Disease
- Tumours (lumps and bumps)
- Renal Disease (Kidney Disease)
- High Blood Pressure
- Cardiac Insufficiency (Heart)
- Hyperthyroidism in cats (Overactive Thyroid)
- Hypothyroidism in dogs (Underactive Thyroid)