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Senior Wellness

Preventive Health & Wellness

Any pet over the age of 7 is considered a “senior citizen,” and is therefore a good candidate for geriatric testing. Geriatric testing help establish healthy baseline values and identify problems early, rather than waiting for obvious signs of illness. Tell you veterinary if you notice changes in your pets behavior in any of the following areas. Weight, appetite or elimination, behavior, skin and coat or mobility. As your pet ages – routine examinations should be performed to maintain good health. We recommend the following tests to help identify health risks before they become evident.

  • Geriatrics Exam
  • Routine blood testing
  • Urinalysis
  • Hormone testing
  • Electrocardiograph (ECG)
  • X-rays

Microchip your Pet

A microchip is a permanent form of identification for dogs or cats. The microchip itself is about the size of a grain of rice that is placed under the skin between the shoulder blades of your pet. Unlike a collar, it can NOT be removed. All police stations and animal shelters scan all incoming pets for microchip identification.

Ten Tips for Preventing Pet Behavior Problems

Avoid situations that promote inappropriate behavior. Observe the pet and provide what it needs to be cared for and attended to. Supervise the new pet diligently through undivided individual attention and training, and restrict the pet’s access to a limited area of the house until training is complete. Encourage good behavior with praise and attention. Correct bad behaviors by providing positive alternatives. (A toy for a slipper, scratching post for the sofa.) Never physically punish or force compliance to commands. This may lead to fear biting or aggression. Don’t play rough or encourage aggression or play biting. Expose pets to people, animals, and environments where you want them to live. See your veterinarian if serious or unresolved behavior problems exist.

HOUSE HOLD ITEMS POISONOUS TO ANIMALS

(This does not cover everything this is toxic to animals)

Remove any rat or mouse poisonings and windshield wiper fluid from your house (Those printed in all caps can be fatal)

Alcohol • ALMONDS • Amaryllis bulb • Anthurium • APRICOT • ASPIRIN • AUTUMN CROCUS • Avocado • Azalea • BEGONIA • Bird of paradise • Bittersweet • BLEEDING HEART • Boxwood • Bracken Fern • Buckeye Buttercup • Caffeine • Caladium • CALLA LILLY • Castor bean • Cherry • CHINESE SACRED OR HEAVENLY BAMBOO • CHOCOLATE • CHOKE CHERRY • Chrysanthemum • Clematis • Crocus bulb • Croton • Daffodil • Delphinium, larkspur • Dumb cane • Elderberry • English Ivy • Fig • FOXGLOVE • GARLIC • GRAPES • Hyacinth bulbs • HYDRANGEA • Holly berries • Iris corms • JACK-IN-THE-PULPIT • JIMSON WEED • Kalanchoe • LANTANA • Lilly • LILLY OF THE VALLEY • Lupine species • MARIJUANA OR HEMP • MILKWEED • MISTLETOE BERRIES • MORNING GLORY • Mountain laurel • Narcissus • OLEANDER • ONION • PAINKILLERS • PEACH • PENCIL CACTUS • Philodendron • Pointsetta • Potato • Rhododendron • Rhubarb leaves • Rosary Pea • RAISINS • Schefflera • Shamrock • Spurge • Tomatoes • VITAMINS • YEW