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Senior Pet Care

Just as older people have different healthcare needs than younger people, senior pets require different care than required by young pets. Here at Acadia Veterinary Hospital, we recommend an exam and bloodwork/urinalysis/blood pressure check every 6-8 months in our senior pets. It is important to remember that every year for a dog or cat is equivalent to 5-7 human years!

Here are some ailments we see more commonly in our geriatric pets:

  1. Arthritis
  2. Kidney disease
  3. Liver Disease
  4. Cognitive Dysfunction (a disease similar to dementia in people)
  5. Weakness
  6. Obesity (due to a combination of overfeeding and less activity)
  7. Cancer
  8. Hyperthyroidism (cats)
  9. Diabetes Mellitus
  10. Vision and hearing loss
  11. Heart disease
  12. Changes in behaviour/irritability

The great news is that medical advancements have allowed us to diagnose some of these diseases in their early stages, potentially adding years to your pet’s life.

In addition to twice-yearly checkups, proper nutrition is also very important for your senior pet. Your veterinarian can best recommend a senior formula dog or cat food for your older pet. There are many different kinds on the market, but we are specifically looking for ones that are formulated to help keep your older animals at their optimal weight, as well as being fortified with DHA and joint supplements. It is also important that the diet has the right balance of vitamins and nutrients to prevent the development of diseases, as well as an organ or age-related changes.

Furthermore, regular exercise, even though your pet is slowing down, is still essential for your older pet! It helps to keep their weight down and their muscles strong as well as keeping their senses sharp. It is important to tailor the exercise program to the pet with the help of your veterinarian but in most cases, a slow 10-15 minute walk a day (or engaging your older cat in play for 15 minutes a day) is beneficial for any older pet.

October and November are our “Senior Focus” months here at Acadia Veterinary Hospital, but don’t hesitate to call us at any point in the year to set up a senior pet exam!

 

 

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Last updated: September 11, 2020

Chers clients,

Nous sommes tous conscients de la situation que nous avons vécue dans les derniers mois avec l'arrivée du Covid -19. Due aux défis causés par ces circonstances, nous avons décidé de fermer temporairement l'Hôpital Vétérinaire Acadia. A partir de lundi le 14 septembre, 2020, notre équipe sera consolidé avec celle de l’Hôpital Moncton Animal Hospital.

Dans les jours à suivre nous communiquerons avec nos clients qui ont des rendez-vous & chirurgies prévues afin de les re-planifier à l'Hôpital Moncton Animal Hospital avec Dr. Boutet.

Nous vous remercions à l’avance pour votre patience et votre collaboration pendant cette période hors de l’ordinaire. Nous souhaitons que vous, votre famille et vos animaux soyez sains et saufs.

Sincèrement

Votre équipe de l'hôpital vétérinaire Acadia

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To our valued Acadia Veterinary Hospital clients:

We are all aware of the rapidly changing situation we have faced over the last few months. Due to the ongoing challenges brought on by COVID-19, we have decided to temporarily close Acadia Veterinary Hospital. This is effective starting Monday September 14, 2020. We have consolidated the team with our Moncton Animal Hospital location so that we can continue to care for your pets.

In the coming days, we will contact clients who have appointments and surgeries booked to reschedule them to Moncton Animal Hospital with Dr Boutet.

Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding. We hope that you, your family and pets all continue to stay healthy and safe.

The dedicated team at Acadia Veterinary Hospital