Each individual procedure will vary from pet to pet and condition to condition. As with humans, the older the individual the more precaution needs to be taken. Typically a physical examination, review of the patients' medical history and blood work are recommended with older patients. These precautions will make a procedure as safe as possible with a senior pet.
Blood work can help detect some diseases early. It is also recommended to have your senior pet's blood work done regularly to help detect any illnesses. Remember that an average ratio between our furry friends and humans is approximately 7 years. This means that if our pet has not been to the veterinarian in the past year, it is the equivalent of a human not having a check up in seven years. The more frequent examination, blood work and dental examination can help extend your pets life by as long as 25%.
The overwhelming answer is absolutely yes! Tartar is loaded with bacteria that enters the blood stream, transmitting harmful bacteria to your pet's internal organs. This can lead to issues including heart and renal disease, resulting in potential for a shorter lifespan.
Similar to human food intake, a diet appropriate for the age of your pet that is high in quality protein and fiber and low in fat is essential to the health of your pet. Crawfordville Animal Hospital offers Hill's Science Diet prescription, less allergenic, and hypoallergenic diets. Royal Canin prescription diets can also be special ordered.
It is always important to call Crawfordville Animal Hospital immediately for an appointment when your pet exhibits a change of behavior or sudden weight gain or loss.
Flea and tick preventatives have improved greatly in recent years. These preventatives are safe and effective in a wide variety of forms. At Crawfordville Animal Hospital, we fit the preventative product to the pet's problem and environment. Parasite control is of great importance to eliminate disease carrying parasites.
The general notion is that animals over 7 years of age are considered geriatric.