November is Senior Pet Appreciation Month

​​Through The Seasons Of Their Lives

When we choose to share our lives with animals whose life-spans are much shorter than our own, we see them go from their youth, to the middle years, and finally to old age.

Through all the seasons of their lives, the bond beween us grows and deepens, giving special meaning to the later years.  A little extra thoughtfulness and loving care helps many an elderly and infirm animal enjoy months and maybe even years of happiness in the company of loved ones.  Our added devotin is a small price to pay for the joy and companionship a cherished animal friend has given through the years.
                                                                                                                                                                Mary Montgomery
Watch For These Signs Of Illness In Your Older Dog

Typically, once pets are 7 years old or older, they're considered seniors and as your pet ages, you may start noticing some lifestyle or behavior changes that could signal a problem or need attention.  If you notice any of these signs in your pet, give us a call.

  • ​Gaining or losing weight; decreased grooming
  • Lumps or changes in areas of skin color
  • Changes in appetite, such as eating more or less than usual
  • Increased urination; loss of bladder control or noncompliance with house training; unusual bowel habits, such as diarrhea or constipation.
  • Increased thirst; repeated vomiting; bad breath or drooling.
  • Excessive panting or exercise intolerance
  • Reluctance to jump, walk up stairs or rise from the floor.
  • Changes in behavior, such as disorientation or excessive vocalization; avoiding human interaction or hiding.

What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is the inflammation of a joint, which can cause pain and swelling.  There are several types of arthritis, including  rheumatiod, degenerative and infectious arthritis, each with it's own cause.  An arthritic joint can cause immense pain, especially in the morning and during cold weather, so keep your eyes open for the signs.  Your dog might have arthritis if he or she:
  • Becomes less active                                            
  • Walks stiffly or limps
  • Yelps, especially during exercise
  • Has a fever
  • Gets up slowly
  • Has swollen joints
  • Hesitates or refuses to climb stairs
  • ​Seems depressed