It’s not always easy to spot the signs of ageing in your pets! Join our vet Katie Ford on Oldham Community Radio 99.7FM on Thursday morning this week (12.1.17) just after the 10 o’clock news as we launch our Be Active campaign.
There is a lot of evidence to say that many owners of older dogs and cats find it difficult to spot the signs of ageing. At many practices and certainly at Countys End, we want to help owners make sensible and appropriate decisions with their pet’s health and are getting involved for the next few weeks with an initiative in the vet world called Be
First of all there’s a very good website www.beactive.vet which contains everything we’re talking about this month and forms the basis of the Be Active campaign.
There are basically six steps that we want to make owners of older pets aware of:
Step 1 is to be aware of the signs of ageing.
Step 2 is to be more aware of the diseases and conditions older pets maybe at risk
Step 3 is to start your own weekly “at home” health checks
Step 4 is to book your senior pet in for regular six monthly health checks with your vet
Step 5 is to talk to your veterinary practice about general advice to improve the quality of life for your senior pets
Step 6 is to celebrate your senior pet and enjoy being part of the Be Active
Did you know?
Pets can age at the human equivalent of four to seven years in each 12 month period and over that time their health and care needs can change significantly.
A recent survey showed that 58% of pet owners surveyed admitted that they were unaware of the signs of ageing in their pets.
The same survey found that 45% of pet owners polled said they were unaware that something can be done to help pets as they get older.
As your pet ages it is more important than ever to check them over on a regular basis for changes to their teeth, ears, eyes, skin, paws, how they move and their weight.
Pet owners health check
Are you aware your pet has gained/lost weight?
Are you aware of changes in your pet’s eating or drinking habits? Are you aware your pet has bad breath or reddened gums? Are you aware your pet is urinating more often or has house-training issues? Are you aware your pet has had bouts of vomiting, diarrhoea or constipation? Are you aware your pet is scratching or licking more frequently? Are you aware of any changes to your pets skin such as lumps or general condition?
Are you aware your pet has started to behave differently? Are you aware your pet is coughing or panting or seems short of breath? Are you aware your pet is less active than usual?
If you can answer yes to any of these, please make an appointment for your pet to have a health check at the practice.
It is important that cat and dog owners are aware of the signs of ageing that may be impacting on their pet’s health, but also that they work more closely with their vet to safeguard the long term health of their animals.