The term “senior pet” describes an animal that has reached the stage of life during which progressive decline in physical condition, organ function, sensory function, mental function, and immunity occurs. This life stage begins, on average, around seven years of age for both dogs and cats. While this may seem quite young, it roughly equates to a 50-year-old person.
What steps can we take to keep our senior pets healthy and ensure a long life? Consider these options:
Annual or semiannual … [Read More...]
Fall is a wonderful time of year in Minnesota except for our pets that have seasonal allergies. Seasonal allergies can make the fall miserable for those pets. This has been a bad year for seasonal contact allergies in Minnesota. The mild temperatures and rain has allowed for great growth of the weeds, grasses, and molds that commonly irritate our pets.
The most common symptoms of seasonal contact allergies are: licking and chewing on the feet and abdomen, scratching around the head and armpit … [Read More...]
What is about 1 inch long that can permanently identify your pet? A microchip!
A microchip is composed of a small radio transmitter sealed in a sterile, non-reactive glass case. The microchip is inserted under the skin between the pet’s shoulder blades. The microchip can be “read” by a special scanner which displays a series of numbers and letters. This code is linked to a computer site where the information for the owner, such as name, address and phone numbers is stored.
A … [Read More...]
Feline urinary health is a very complex subject. It encompasses urinary tract infection, urinary obstruction, and urinating outside the litter box. Infection, crystals or stones, or behavioral issues are at the root of these problems. The good news is that bringing your cat in early for an exam and urinalysis can help in determining what is causing your cat’s problems.
Many times a diet change is all that is needed to cure or prevent these things from happening again. Hill’s Prescription Diet … [Read More...]