Senior Pet Care
September is Senior Pet Care Month and TVV Decatur 's own Dr. Melissa Finke (left) gives us important tips and information on keeping our senior pets living longer, healthier and happier lives.
Thanks to advances in veterinary medicine, our dogs and cats are living longer and longer lives. As they age, however, we find ourselves dealing with ailments more common to these senior pets. It is up to you and your veterinarian to provide the best possible preventative care and to recognize problems early.
So, at what point do our pets become seniors? We generally consider our feline patients to be seniors once they reach the age of eight. Dogs, due to their varied sizes, are not quite so simple but eight years of age is still a good average. However, smaller dogs may reach old age 3 or 4 years later than giant dogs. Keep in mind, our pets age 5 to 7 years for every year of our life.
What are the diseases more often found in geriatric patients?
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The Full Scoop on Poop
Fecal exams, intestinal parasites, and stool samples - are just a few of the terms pet owners will hear that relate to their dog or cat's "business". Though it is not particularly something a lot of pet owners want to spend much time thinking about - and who can blame them - our medical staff is always eager to answer the "what", "where", and "how" of intestinal parasites, as well as the "why" fecal exams are an important part of your pet's health care. As the title suggest, we want to give you the full "scoop" on this not-so-touchy topic.
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