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November’s National Pet Cancer Awareness month
In observance of our Senior Wellness Program we would like to raise attention to November’s National Pet Cancer awareness month.
Research shows for older pets, cancer accounts for nearly half of all disease-related deaths. The best way to help your pet stay healthy is to be proactive about their health with annual and semi-annual visits to the veterinarian, and go to the vet right away if you notice any change in their behavior.
Due to the many different types of cancers, your most common ones being: Lymphoma, Splenic (Spleen) Cancer, Bone or Joint Cancer, there is wide range of signs and symptoms that your pet can exhibit. However, some of the most common signs of cancer to look for in your pets include:
- Lumps and bumps
- Abnormal odors
- Abnormal discharges
- Non-healing wounds
- Weight loss
- Change in appetite
- Coughing or difficulty breathing
- Lethargy or depression
- Changes in bathroom habits
- Evidence of pain
Early Detection is key to successful treatment. By following our simple Senior Wellness program, many diseases can be caught early, and catching a disease early can make all the difference in adding years to your pet’s life.
SENIOR WELLNESS PROGRAM
Glendale Animal Hospital is very excited to introduce our new Senior Pet Wellness Program! Our Program includes twice-a-year “nose to tail” examinations. Senior pets should be examined every 6 months because their bodies change more quickly as they age. Seeing your senior pets twice-a-year allows us to focus on early detection and prevention of major illnesses. The earlier health condition is diagnosed, the earlier medical treatment can begin and potentially slow or stop progression before major illness occurs.
Our Senior Pet Wellness Program also includes screening test, through annual to semi-annual blood work. The most common blood test we suggest on a patients checks their cell counts, protein levels, liver, kidneys, sugar levels, and electrolytes. Often we test for their thyroid level (a hormone that controls metabolism) and a urine test. The urine test helps determine how well the kidneys are functioning and if there are any urinary tract infections. Screening tests may help us identify ways to adjust your senior pet’s lifestyle to keep them healthier and happier as they age.
Our Senior Pet Wellness Program will also concentrate on lifestyle management. Our effective senior program provides you as a pet owner with information about the changes needed for older pets. Changes may include diet, joint supplement, dental health and pain management. These changes can help with some common senior diseases like obesity, diabetes, periodontal disease and arthritis.
Like us, pets are living longer. Proper veterinary care, screening test, home care, and improved nutrition help play an important role in your pet’s well-being and longevity
Let us at Glendale Animal Hospital help your pet live longer and fuller life by providing you and your pet with the most up to date information and quality care. Call us today to make an appointment to begin learning how to make the most of your pet’s senior years