Fraser Valley Animal Hospital

2633 Ware Street
Abbotsford, BC V2S 3E2

(604)854-2313

www.fvah.ca

November - Celebrating Super Seniors 

Check out our Monthly Newsletter

We would like to welcome you to ask our team how we can help you care for your older pet and be prepared for possible age-related health issues. As your pet ages you may start seeing changes and our team would like to educate you in early screening diagnostics along with options to support nutrition and potential helpful environmental changes. Our senior pets require more attention and it is recommended to have your pet seen by one of our veterinarians at least twice a year. 




Changing Nutriton Needs

 

- for both cats and dogs

- senior pets often need foods that are more readily digested, and have different calorie levels and ingredients, and anti-aging nutrients



Nutritional Suppliments - Joint Health

 

- for dog and cats

- sometimes called nutraceuticals, have also been found to be highly effective in relieving pain by decreasing inflammaiton

- ingredents vary from glucosamine, omega 3&6, chondrotin, MSM, green lipped muscle etc.  

*please discuss long term use with your veterinarian.



Screening Tests

Because our pets are masters at hiding medical issues, we use a multitude of different medical tests to help uncover hidden problems. Blood tests, urine tests and monitoring blood pressure are the most common tests done on an annual basis.  Remember your pet ages roughly 5 years each calendar year.  So as your dog ages from 12 to 13 he is physically changing from 75 to 80.  Think how much we as people can change between the ages of 75 and 80.  These tests give us a window into the health of your pet.  For example during an exam we palpate your dog’s abdomen to feel you dog’s liver and kidneys but even if they feel ok it does not tell us how well they are working.  This is where the blood tests can give us a lot of information.  Another great example of how an once of prevention is worth a pound of cure!




More Information on Senior Health for Cats - Click HERE and HERE




More Information on Senior Health for Dogs - Click HERE or HERE




Prescription Medications:

Gabapentin/NSAID/Amantadine/Cartrophen- ask your veterinarian for more details