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15: Family Day 2018
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22: Introduction to TCVM – Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine
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14: The difference dental care can make
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30: Raccoon Rabies reported in Hamilton, Ontario
08: Understanding Aging
November 2015
25: Our new, state of the art, Ultrasound machine
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09: Fun and Delicious Fundraising for the Farley Foundation
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23: Cancer Awareness Month: Texas' Story
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28: Exciting news for our hospital!
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11: Mosquito Prevention
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08: Heartworm cases
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24: Changing your pet's food
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01: Veterinary Technician Specialties in Dentistry!
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December 2014
18: The Internet at its Best
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28: Westbridge's Change of Hours
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07: October is Farley Month - Spa Day's, Paw Prints and Pies!
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22: Cancer Awareness Month - Ruby's Story
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02: Ways to a Happy, Healthier Pet
July 2014
03: A New Way to Save Your Pet's Teeth!
June 2014
26: Veterinary Dentistry in San Diego!
March 2014
20: Happy Smiles
January 2014
22: The 15 Steps to Your Pet's Dental Cleaning!
15: January and February are Dental Months, and We Have a Contest to Celebrate!
09: Baby Teeth in Puppies and Kittens
06: An Update on Dr. Hylands
December 2013
27: Dentistry in New Orleans!
17: Wishing Dr. Hylands a Safe and Uneventful Recovery
13: The Holidays are Here!
04: A Potential Mandible Fracture - A Tale on Missing Teeth
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10: Fundraising for Farley
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11: Tried and True, For Humans Too!
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20: Therapeutic Laser's Beneficial Effects on Arthritis
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25: 5th Annual Pet Education Day and Open House!
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29: We've Brought 'Light' into our Clinic!
March 2013
10: We're Constantly Learning!
February 2013
21: Small Dogs Require Big Dental Care!
08: Missing Teeth in Your Pets - Should You Be Worried?
January 2013
13: Periodontal (Dental) Disease in our Pets
December 2012
19: Senior Month - It's Not Just Old Age!
04: Senior Month - A Focus on Kidney Disease
November 2012
15: Farley Month a Huge Success!
October 2012
27: Possessive Aggression in our Dogs
22: Thinking of Breeding Your Dog? Here Are Some Things To Consider First
03: October is Farley Month!
September 2012
20: Litter Boxes - Everyone's Favourite Task!
August 2012
14: Exercising Your Pets in the Summer - Heat Stroke
June 2012
28: Non-Invasive Diagnostic Imaging - Ultrasound Case Study
21: A Heartfelt "Thank You" for Attending our Pet Education Carnival!
19: Non-Invasive Diagnostic Imaging - Ultrasonography
May 2012
23: A Logical Approach to Unwanted Barking
07: Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug Use in Companion Animals
April 2012
21: Wellness Examinations Help to Maintain Your Pets Health
10: OVC Pet Trust Animal Cancer Centre Needs Your Help!
01: Heartworm Disease in Ontario
March 2012
19: A Dedication to a Great Man and an Dedicated Veterinarian
February 2012
06: Why Anesthesia-Free Dental Care is Wrong, Cruel, and Medically Inappropriate
January 2012
16: The Why's and What's of Dental X-ray
09: Cats Are a Unique Species, with Unique Dental Disease
05: Six Easy Steps to Brushing your Pets Teeth!
02: Dental Awareness Months!
December 2011
21: Chocolate... Good for you?
November 2011
11: Farley Month was a Huge Success!

Understanding Aging

Posted: 2015-12-08

We celebrate our senior pets! Even if you don’t have one currently, there may come a day when you look at your furry best friend and realize they have a grey muzzle. Just like humans, as our pet ages, the sensory ability of the eye and ear begins to decline. These are normal processes. While not every animal will experience all of the effects, each will appreciate the extra help and understanding.

Sight

Like us, our pets can develop normal loss of vision and some may develop cataracts or blindness. If this occurs, our older pets may not notice things as quickly or may seeming to ignore visual cues. Try to be extra conscientious of hazards and exercise patience. Older pets may need to rely on memory to get around obstacles like couches or tables. So while you may think the new feng shui in your living room is great, our pets can find this confusing and scary. When we have senior pets with visual impairments, we may have to void making these kinds of changes unless necessary.

Hearing

Loss of hearing is also normal with age, and may affect all animals differently. Without auditory warnings, sometimes our older pets can startle more easily. Utilizing vibrations (thumping the floor before your approach) or a gentle touch can help our older pets feel safe. Remember not to take offense if your best friend no longer greets you at the door, or doesn’t come running at the sound of the can opener or food bag.
Taste and smell
Sometimes changes in the sense of taste and smell can plague or senior pets. This can be troublesome if this worsens the appetite of our finicky felines and picky pooches that already have a tendency to be undernourished. We may need to take extra care in monitoring dietary intake, and nutritional supplements may be recommended.

Cognitive function

Some pets may also experience a decrease in cognitive function (mental processing). This can lead to frustrating behaviours like house soiling, wandering, and vocalizing. It is important that we separate the presumed behavioural issues with what may be a medical issue. Consultation with your veterinarian is important. This also helps to determine how much this issue is affecting your pet’s quality of life.

Other concerns

Be aware that many medical issues can cause symptoms similar to the appearance of aging. It is important to seek your veterinarian’s advice if you start to notice these signs in your pet:

  • Slipping, falling
  • Slow movement or reluctance to jump
  • Bumping in to walls
  • Incontinence
  • Coughing
  • Weight loss
  • Seizures
  • Loss of Appetite

If there is an underlying problem, proper diagnosis can assist treatment to improve your pet’s quality of life.



This blog entry was written by Westbridge Veterinary Hospital, an animal clinic (vet hospital) in Mississauga dedicated to providing high quality, modern veterinary care to our beloved pets and their families.

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