Complete Care Hospital for Pets

3288 Hwy 7, Unit 3
Lake Echo, NS B3E 1C6

(902)281-2273

completecare4pets.com

November is Senior/Geriatric Month!

It is a simple fact of aging that our pets' bodies start to slowdown. But do you know how to tell the difference between normal ageing and the common diseases that occur more often in later life? For example, is that loss of weight in your senior cat due to age or Thyroid Disease? The answer to this question and others can be discussed in a Senior Wellness Checkup. Going hand in hand is a discussion of prevention, because it is better to not develop a disease at all!

Fact: Senior Pets are prone to more health issues.

Your veterinarian can help with tailored Wellness Programs for your best friend.

A comprehensive health assessment routinely includes in-house blood-work to check the basic parameters of health. A tailored short or long term medical plan can then be created, and your veterinary team can assist you with the implementation. Follow-up consultations and ongoing staff support are essential to determine the effectiveness of the treatment plan and to adjust it as necessary.

Aging can be tough on senior pets, and they often need that extra TLC. The aim is to provide quality to your Senior Pet's life by treating and/or managing the diseases of aging. Chances are if your senior pet is not themselves, there is something you can do to make life better for them.

Did you know?

  • loss of hearing and decreased vision are often normal parts of aging and most pets compensate.
  • most older pets have some degree of arthritis. This can be well managed in many of them with changes of weight, diet and with medication.
  • sudden changes in weight, drinking, urination or behaviour are often associated with disease rather than aging.
  • most older pets have dental issues.
  • older pets can have safe anaesthetics - modern medicine has come a long way and the majority of anaesthetics in older pets can be done with a high margin of safety.
  • cats commonly develop diabetes, kidney disease or hyperthyroid disease in their early teens. All three of these conditions have treatments and management strategies that can often reverse and/or control the signs of the diseases.
  • horses can develop Cushing’s disease, arthritis, respiratory and dental issues that if not treated can lead to early euthanasia.
  • lens replacement surgery for pets with cataracts is possible by referral to a specialist.
  • advanced conditions that are beyond local services can be referred to the Atlantic Veterinary College or elsewhere for specialist assessments and treatments.

With every elderly pet, remember that early diagnosis and treatment is the best route to get a better outcome! Many of our best friends will enjoy a greater quality of life with a little extra care.
 

Email: cchp@eastlink.ca

Lake Echo - Hospital

3288 Highway 7
Lake Echo, NS, B3E 1C6

 Hours: 
Mon: 8 am - 6 pm
Tue: 8 am - 1 pm and
2:30 pm - 8 pm
(1:00 - 2:30 staff meeting/emerg)
Wed: 8 am - 6 pm
Thurs: 8 am - 8 pm
Fri: 8 am - 6 pm
Sat: 9 am - 2 pm 

 

Sheet Harbour
Remote Clinic

22456, Highway 7
Sheet Harbour, NS

Hours:
Wed: 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
Fri: 10:30 am - 3:30 pm

  

Equine and House Call

By Appointment