Keeping Your Senior Pet Active

Dog under blanketLike humans, pets tend to slow down as they age. Where at one time, your pup may have been keen on a fast-paced run, he or she now prefers the couch to the leash.

Although it’s natural for your senior pet to lose some interest in or ability to participate in certain forms of exercise, keeping your senior pet active still requires regular effort to support their health and well being.

Senior Pet Wellness: Your First Step Toward Optimal Health

Before creating your senior pet’s exercise plan, we encourage you to come in and see us for some recommendations. Our senior wellness program includes an assessment of your pet’s current health and ability, which is essential to any appropriate exercise program.

Many seniors also require special diets to help them maintain a healthy weight. Our team is happy to discuss any necessary changes and help you explore some effective, age-appropriate exercises you can enjoy together.
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The Long View: How to Tell if Your Senior Pet Suffers from Chronic Disease

Brown and White Mixed Breed DogAnimals age faster than we do, making senior pet care extra important. Once a pet reaches the age of 7, we begin to screen for common chronic diseases, allowing us the chance to catch any problems as early as possible. But, if you are between your senior pet’s wellness appointments, do you know what signs to look for?

Common Chronic Diseases

Domestic cats and dogs can lead long, full lives without any complications. However, it’s equally as common for aging animals to develop one (or more) of the following chronic diseases: Continue…

Optimal Wellness for Your Senior Pet

iStock_000015926689_Large.jpgThere’s something about an old friend that just feels special, and the heartfelt bond between pet and owner runs deep, especially if you adopted your cat or dog at a very young age.

However, as your pet enters the golden years, you may have noticed that changes in physical and mental health happen much more quickly. There may be a decline in energy, appetite, or mobility. On the other hand, your senior pet may remain vibrant and alert, but you understand certain changes are taking place nonetheless. Continue…

Is it just a Fatty Tumor?

Many pets present to us with small to extremely large masses of the skin.  These masses can be as different as all the fish in the ocean.  We are going to focus on Lipomas in the blog today.  Lipomas are soft, freely moveable masses just below the skin in dogs and, less commonly, cats.  In many instances they can be benign (non cancerous).  In others, they can morph in to more aggressive tumors such as Liposarcomas (definitely NOT benign).  Labrador Retrievers, Schnauzers and Doberman Pinchers are just a few of the breeds that appear to be predisposed to these unsightly protuberances.  Overweight female (Gee, do we EVER get a break?) dogs also seem to be over represented to this condition.

Dog with Lipoma

How can you tell if it’s a Lipoma?  First, lets just begin by stating ALL LUMPS SHOULD BE CHECKED BY YOUR VETERINARIAN!  What you think may be a benign tumor, may be something much more sinister.  Early diagnosis, just as with people, is the key to beating certain types of cancers.  Your veterinarian may perform a procedure called a fine needle aspirate.  This is where a needle is inserted into the mass and cells are drawn out (with a few kind words and a glass of wine perhaps?).  These cells are ejected onto a slide and sent to be reviewed by a pathologist.  This procedure is not 100% accurate, but it may help to give you an idea of what type of tumor your pet is dealing with.

As stated previously, some Lipomas can develop into more aggressive tumors, so try not to blow it off as “just a Lipoma“.  It is extremely important that you monitor your pet’s masses and bring any changes to your doctor’s attention.  You can even use the handy dandy lump bump chart from our website.  Your pet will be happy about the regular massages and you can rest easy knowing that you are contributing to their long, healthy life.