The Importance of Senior Pet Care

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Pets age about seven times faster than humans, and for larger breeds, the rate is even faster. Once a pet reaches about 7 years of age, they are considered “seniors” in the pet world. Just as with humans, with age comes an increased risk for a number of conditions, such as arthritis, obesity, diabetes, dental problems, and kidney disease. There are also many other things to consider when caring for a senior pet, such as diet changes, exercise, and preventive care.

If you have a pet that’s around 7 years of age, you might be wondering how often you should bring your senior pet to see a vet. Animal Clinic of Milford in Milford, CT recommends that you bring your senior pet in at least twice a year for a comprehensive wellness exam and at least once a year for blood work. This allows us to determine if there are any health issues that need to be addressed.

 

About the Senior Pet Visit

During your senior pet’s bi-annual exam at our clinic, we perform a full, nose-to-tail evaluation, just as we would for a younger pet. We also examine the internal systems with a check of the nervous and respiratory systems, blood pressure, heart rate, and temperature. The results of these exams help us determine your pet’s health status and make any necessary treatment recommendations.

While the comprehensive physical exam allows us to detect symptomatic health conditions, oftentimes, an annual blood test allows us to detect conditions that may or may not have any physical symptoms. Also known as a senior blood panel, blood work for senior pets can show the presence of disease in its early stages. The sooner we catch an illness, the sooner we can treat it. The results of an annual senior blood test also lets us check your pet’s organ function.

Is Your Senior Pet Due for a Visit?

If your pet is due for their bi-annual wellness exam or annual blood test, we encourage you to schedule an appointment here at Animal Clinic of Milford in Milford, CT. We want your pet to enjoy their golden years, just as much as you do, so give us a call today!

 

Ultrasound for Pets

Did your pet eat something he shouldn’t have? The batteries from your remote, perhaps? Although a standard physical exam is beneficial in evaluating a pet’s external symptoms, there are many conditions that require an internal examination. Animal Clinic of Milford is pleased to announce our new ultrasound machine to safely examine your pet internally, providing top-quality diagnostics.

Ultrasound is a non-invasive advanced imaging technique that uses a hand-held probe tool to record “echoes” of sound waves to provide a moving image of your pet’s internal organs in real time. In veterinary medicine, a 3-dimensional image is the most common to examine the internal organs, including the abdominal area and thoracic structures. It also serves as a valuable tool for various emergency situations.

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Ultrasound Preparation

In order for ultrasound waves to be reflected, they cannot pass through air, which means the probe must make direct contact with the skin. Therefore, before we can perform an ultrasound on a pet, we often have to shave the area being examined. This also helps the ultrasound images be produced with better quality. Some pet owners have questions about whether or not anesthesia is necessary for an ultrasound. The answer is no. Most pets can lie comfortably as the scan is performed, and since the image is produced in real time, results are available immediately.

Does Your Pet Need an Ultrasound?

 Our veterinarians may recommend an ultrasound for your pet for any of the following symptoms:

  • Lack of appetite
  • Abdominal fluid
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Change in urinary habits
  • A mass/tumor
  • Excessive vomiting or diarrhea

If you’ve noticed any of these signs in your pet, schedule an appointment to take advantage of Animal Clinic of Milford’s new ultrasound technology.