We have the ability to affordably slow the aging process in dogs and cats and keep these animals living longer and healthier lives.
Once your pet turns 5-7 years of age, the doctors of Animal Medical of New City, recommend that he or she undergoes a thorough senior wellness exam and diagnostic work-up. Even though you may believe your pet is normal, there are many disease processes that do not show any outward sign until the disease is quite advanced. More advanced diseases can be more difficult to treat and are not always as responsive to treatment as diseases diagnosed early.
What’s a Senior Wellness Test for a Dog Or Cat?
It’s not all chit-chat and petting. As our veterinarians are catching up with what’s been happening with you and the kids, they’re doing double duty by completing a full physical examination of your pet. While looking in your pet’s eyes, they’re probably seeing the first stages of cataracts; and while looking in your pet’s mouth, they are probably seeing significant signs of oral health infection, especially if you’ve never had your pet’s teeth professionally cleaned. They can spot muscle wasting and a lack of vigor just by looking at your pet, and identify internal abnormalities by listening with a stethescope and palpating with their hands.
As organs age, they don’t function as well and the signs (and extent) of that failure are visible in the chemistry of the blood. Blood screens are essential to understanding your pet’s state of health and what we can do in response.
So many people think of x-rays as something that one has done if one suspects that a bone is broken. In truth, x-rays (and more advanced ultra-sound…also available on demand at Animal Medical of New City) can be used to match a visual with what we’re seeing your pet’s blood screen or physical examination. Each year, imagining helps us spot early heart disease and changes in the kidneys, spleen and liver that are critical to keeping your pet well and living longer.
Though it may not seem apparent to you, most senior animals experience some level of arthritic pain. Arthritis is a kind of self-fulfilling illness. Painful pets are less likely to exercise leading to weight gain, which in turn puts more stress on painful joints and exacerbates the problem. And it’s all needless suffering! Animal medical has numerous, affordable ways to treat joint pain and mobility issues, medication only being one of them! Animal medical employs Rockland County’s ONLY certified canine rehabilitation doctor, veterinarian Lisa Schenkel. Under the direction of Dr. Schenkel, our rehab program is one of our area’s most effective and progressive.
‘How Can I Keep My Dog Living Longer?’ Come to Animal Medical of New City!
If you have a senior pet, chances are you have already spotted signs that your dog or cat is no longer the um….spring chicken he or she once was. You’re not imagining things. Changes in eating habits, elimination habits, mobility, weight, and vigor are real and significant and most importantly, often treatable.