" An animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language".... Martin Buber
Caring for your Senior Pets
Unfortunately our aging pets can't always tell us when their health is beginning to fail. Aging is not a disease but there exists many age-related diseases that can afflict senior pets.
Most dogs and cats that are 7 years of age and older are considered senior. Giants breeds of dogs such as Great Danes, Mastiffs and Newfoundlands, to name a few, are thought to have reached their senior years at the start of their 5th year of life. Senior dogs and cats should have a thorough examination once to twice per year to evaluate their over all body condition, heart, joints and teeth.
Some of the more common diseases afflicting dogs and cats include kidney disease, diabetes, liver disease, thyroid disorders, heart disease and cancer. Blood screens designed for senior dogs vary slightly from bloodtests intended for senior cats. All blood screens can help us find problems early, sometimes even before clinical signs are visible. Early detection and treatment of many age related diseases can lead to an increased chance of a positive prognosis for your cherished pet and a better quality of life.
Ferrets 5 years of age and older are considered senior. Some of the more common ailments found in the aging pet ferrets include adrenal disease, heart disease and cancers such as insulinoma and lymphoma. A thorough physical exam and appropriate diagnostic tests performed at least once per year could help to improve your ferret's well being and extend his or her lifespan.
Please contact us if you have any questions regarding your senior pet's health or to schedule an appointment.