Senior Wellness Exams in Farmington Hills
Senior Wellness exam: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!”
Aging is a difficult and naturally occurring process that we all go thru, including our pets. Dogs and Cats age 4 to 5 times faster than we do which can cause health problems to come about quickly and progress more rapidly. Weight and mobility problems, vision and hearing problems, arthritis, tumors, endocrine problems, diabetes, kidney problems, the list goes on but the good news is the quicker we recognize the onset of any of these problems in an aging pet the quicker we can get them under control to make your pets golden years comfortable and happy. Did you know the average dog is considered a senior at age 7 and the average cat is considered a senior at age 12?
Nutrition For The Senior Pet
As our pets age, many things will change including the need for a well-balanced, specially formulated diet made especially for our senior pets. We at Angel Animal Hospital know how hard it is to say “no” when your pet looks at you with those loving eyes and just wants a few more treats or a little more dinner, but, obesity can present great problems in a senior pet such as arthritic problems or heart problems from carrying that extra weight around. During your senior pet exam we will discuss what diet your senior pet may be eating and make some recommendations that should help put a little pep back into your seniors step!
Exercise For The Senior Pet
As many times as our own doctors recommend exercise for us, it is equally as important for our older pets and a great way to keep us all healthy. If your senior pet just lays around all day, muscles will start to deteriorate, your pet will gain weight which in turn will cause his/her arthritis to hurt more, organs also start to slow down and deteriorate if the body doesn’t keep moving, it’s a vicious cycle. We don’t recommend going for a run necessarily with a senior pet, but even a walk around the block a couple times a week will help to keep him/her healthy, trim and very happy.
Laboratory testing of a urine sample in a valuable tool used to detect the presence of one or more specific substances that do not appear in a normal urine sample. Examples of things we look for in a urine sample include but are not limited to, sugar, protein, blood or white blood cells. We also look to see how diluted or concentrated the urine might be to help us recognize what the underlying problem may be. A complete urinalysis will help our veterinarian determine whether your pet has a urinary tract infection, diabetes, kidney problems or is dehydrated along with many other conditions.