Prevention is better than cure

by / Friday, 07 March 2014 / Published in News Archive, Small Animals

We all know the golden rules for living longer, regular health check ups, sensible diet, moderate exercise and the same applies to our pets, in particular dogs and cats.

With advances in modern veterinary care it’s easier now, more than it’s ever been, to keep your old friends healthy and happy for the rest of their lives.

  • Health Checks

Many owners mistake their pets slowing down for ‘he’s just getting old’ when it could be joint pain or another underlying problem.  Early detection is the key that’s why Vet Cross advises at least two health checks a year for our senior pets. This allows us to catch any illnesses early thus preventing unnecessary pain and suffering and reduces expense.

  • Parasite Prevention

Some parasites can infect you and your family, making parasite prevention a key issue in the total care or your pet and your family.

There are many products on the market so it’s a good idea to discuss with your vet the best option for you and your pet.

  • Diet

As pets age their nutritional requirements change and today animal nutrition is as varied as our own. Diets tailored specifically for age and size are available and your vet will help you chose the one most suited to your dog or cat. There are also veterinary only diets for dogs and cats with specific health problems.

  • Exercise

Remember they may not be as agile as they used to be but they will still want to go for walks with you, make your walks shorter, perhaps 2 small ones a day instead of one long one. Keep in mind when throwing balls and sticks they only want to please and will fetch as long as you keep throwing.

Above all be more aware of your old friend, some times it’s just a little thing you may notice that has change such as a reluctance to jump up or climb the steps. Cats may start to show difficulty squatting when using their litter tray or have problems when grooming themselves.
If you have any problems or queries please call one of the team at Vet Cross

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