July is Senior Pet Month

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Cannington Veterinary Hospital
15 Clapham St
WA 6107

08 9356 5696

July is our Senior Pet Month where we focus on our older furry friends.

Unfortunately, our pets age faster than we do. Most cats and dogs will have some age related health issues by the time they are 10 years old meaning they require extra attention to help keep them happy and healthy (see our top tips below).

For our newsletter and website blog readers during July Senior Pet Month we are offering a $20 discount on all consultations and vaccination visits for all pets 10 years and older if you mention this offer to us. We will also be offering all our senior patients a 20% discount on all senior pet blood testing and a 10% discount on all Hill’s senior pet food diets including senior Science Diets and senior Prescription Diets.

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Here's a few of our top tips for senior care.

1. A regular health check is absolutely essential for your ageing friend. Much can change over a year (equivalent to 6-8 years in human years) and a check-up at least once a year will help us pick up on any changes and allow us to initiate a treatment plan, such as pain relief for arthritis.

2. Develop a keen eye for changes such as fluctuations in weight, appetite, thirst and urination. The presence of a cough, a change in sleeping habits, stiff joints and accidents around the house can all be a sign of underlying illness. Don't be tempted to just put these changes down to 'getting old'.

3. Diet: Our ageing pets have changing nutritional requirements. Older animals may be less able to cope with excessive nutrients or particular deficiencies. We recommend you feed your senior a complete and balanced premium food suitable for a mature pet or, when required, one of the specific prescription diets. These help to maintain ideal body condition and will improve longevity. Ask us for a specific diet recommendation.

4. Lumps and bumps: It's a good idea to run your hands over your pet every week and feel for the presence of any lumps or bumps. If you find anything new or unusual, arrange a lump check with us as soon as possible.

Phone us if you have any questions about your senior pet, as we will always be able to give you the best advice.

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