Our Pets age much faster than people do.
The life span of your dog depends on its size or breed. In general, the larger the breed or size of the dog, the shorter the life span.
In a study of lifespans, only 13% of giant breed dogs lived to be over 10 years old. Conversely, 38% of small breed dogs live to be over 10 years of age.
Dogs are considered senior in the last 25% of their lives.
Have you noticed that your pet doesn’t seem to play quite as much but is still eating, drinking and happy to see people?
You assume because they are older they are slowing down. But that may not be all of it.
Your pet may not be slowing down due to age alone – they may be in pain.
A recent study showed 20% of dogs suffer from arthritis.
Pets often disguise illness and painful conditions which can be quite advanced before we realize there is a problem.
We have treatments, advice and support for dogs suffering from the pain of arthritis.
Collect a brochure with an arthritis checklist and see how your pet scores. We have treatments, advice and support for dogs suffering from the pain of arthritis.
1. A Soft Bed. Soft bedding can help support the bones and joints, making your pet more comfortable. Make sure the beds are out of drafty areas and consider buying your dog a warm coat for the winter.
2.Natural Supplements . Medications that contain glucosamine can make a big difference to arthritis. They work by providing the body with the necessary nutrients for cartilage repair and function. Sasha’s Blend and Pernaease powder are 2 popular products sold at Familypet Vet.
3Exercise . Modest daily exercise helps some dogs. Familypet Vet Veterinarians, can commend an appropriate exercise program that strengthen the muscles and ligaments. Some exercise is always better for your pet then none at all, even if done with the help of Anti-inflammatory medication.
4Special food. Prescription diets, specially formulated with the right amount of protein and carbohydrates for your dog`s needs in the Senior years, are enriched with nutraceuticals (greenlip mussel, Abalone, glucosamine and omega 3 oils). To help your dog get the best nutrition possible ask our nurses and vets about our Hills Prescription Diets.
5Cartrophen Vet Is an excellent drug administered by injection that will help slow the progression of arthritis. Your dog will need a course of 4 injections with 8/10 dogs responding significantly. We use boosters at 6-8weeks or otherwise we repeat a 4 week course in 6 or 12 months depending on your dogs response.
6Prescription medications : non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs will help situations of worsening pain providing mobility and “Quality of Life “.
Contact our staff at Familypet Vet to make an appointment to promote a healthy and active life for your older pets