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Common Health Issues in Senior Cats

As your cat gets older, his or her health may change over time, and you may need to make more frequent visits to the veterinarian. Fortunately, many senior cat health problems are manageable and won’t prevent your cat from living a long life, as long as he or she gets the proper care. Here are some of the most common health problems diagnosed in senior cats and how your veterinarian can address them.

Arthritis

Arthritis is extremely common in older cats. After the age of 12, approximately 90% of cats begin to show signs of arthritis. While arthritis is no doubt uncomfortable for the cat, it can sometimes be difficult for us humans to pick up on. Pay attention for subtle, telltale symptoms, such as new difficulty going up and down the stairs, a reluctance to jump on and off furniture, and stiffness upon standing. If you notice these symptoms, make an appointment at your animal hospital to explore treatment options. If your cat is overweight, losing some excess weight can also reduce the stress on joints.

Dental Disease

Dental disease—especially gum disease—is another common problem in older cats. You can reduce the risk of dental disease with regular pet dental services at the vet and with brushing your cat’s teeth at home. Adding Oxyfresh Pet Oral Hygiene Solution to the pets drinking water has also problem useful in our hands. Dental disease not only causes pain and makes it difficult for your cat to eat, but it can also lead to systemic infections, including heart disease and respiratory problems. If your cat hasn’t had a dental checkup recently, or if you have noticed a change in your cat’s eating habits, make a vet appointment.

Vision Loss

As cats age, they become more prone to vision problems such as cataracts, glaucoma, and retinal detachment. In addition to obvious indicators like your cat bumping into things, look for cloudy eyes. Depending on the cause of your cat’s vision loss, your veterinarian may recommend medications or surgery or environmental adjustments. In some cases, cats can adapt to vision loss without the need for extensive treatment.

From their first year through their senior years, the vets at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group are committed to helping cats live happy and healthy lives. You can make an appointment at our animal hospital in Dallas by calling (972) 239-1309 or for our animal hospital in McKinney, call (972) 529-5033.


What Shots Does Your Puppy Need?

Vaccinations are among the most powerful and effective types of preventative care you can provide for your puppy. During your first puppy wellness checkup at your animal hospital, your veterinarian will recommend a vaccine schedule that is right for your pooch.

At Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, we have created a unique vaccination schedule that is based on the latest research in veterinary medicine. We used a three-year vaccination cycle, which minimizes the number of shots your puppy needs to get throughout his or her life while still providing maximum protection against diseases. Initially, your dog will receive vaccinations against rabies, distemper, parvovirus, parainfluenza, and more. After your puppy completes his or her initial round of shots, he or she will move to our adult dog schedule.

You can learn more about the vaccination schedule at our pet hospitals in north Dallas and McKinney by calling Chastain Veterinary Medical Group today. Dial (972) 239-1309 for Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas or call (972) 529-5033 for Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney.


How to Get Your Dog to Take a Pill

One experience almost every dog owner has when the veterinarian prescribes medication is the frustrating fight to get your pup to swallow the pill. Dogs can turn into sophisticated tricksters when you have medication to give them, somehow managing to extract the pill from whatever high-value treat you may be offering if they catch even a whiff of the medicine. Your veterinarian is a good source of information if your dog persistently refuses medicine. This advice will also help.

If your dog is wise to your routine of sticking a pill in his or her regular treat, try putting into something your dog isn’t used to having—the smellier, the better. You can also try giving several treats at once, so your dog gobble them all, not realizing one has medicine. If all else fails, gently insert the pill into your dog’s throat and follow it up another treat or syringe of broth or water to help it go down. Praise and reward your dog throughout.

Talk to your vet at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group for more advice for providing the best care for your beloved pet. To schedule a consultation at our Animal Hospital in McKinney call (972) 529-5033, or for our Hospital in North Dallas, please call (972) 239-1309.


Learn More About Pet Obesity

People aren’t the only ones experiencing an obesity epidemic. More than half of the pets in the U.S. are overweight as well. Just as it is with humans, obesity is deadly for pets, so talk to your veterinarian as soon as possible if you are concerned about your pet’s weight. Its far better in the long run to keep your pet on the thin side of normal.

Obesity can cause pets to experience joint pain and can increase their risk of a number of different medical conditions. If your pet is overweight, ask your veterinarian to help you devise a safe diet plan.

Make an appointment at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group and find out if your pet’s weight is healthy and what you can do to keep it under control. We have pet hospital locations in McKinney and Dallas for your convenience. For an appointment in north Dallas, please call (972) 239-1309, or for an appointment in the McKinney / Frisco area, please call (972) 529-5033.


Make Vet Trips Free of Fear

Make Vet Trips Free of Fear

If your pet dreads trips to the animal hospital, there are several things you can do to take the stress out of the experience. Watch this video to learn how to make trips to the veterinarian less fearful.

Start by not feeding your pet after 6 p.m. the night before his or her appointment, unless your veterinarian tells you otherwise. This will make your pet more responsive to the treats her is offered at the pet hospital. Avoid baby talking to your pet as well. Although you are trying to comfort your pet, you could actually be making him or her more anxious.

At Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, our patient team of animal lovers is dedicated to making every animal clinic visit as comfortable as possible. To make an appointment at any one of our animal hospitals in the Motorplex, please call (972) 239-1309 for Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas or call (972) 529-5033 for Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney.


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