SOURCE: Hastings Veterinary Hospital

November 15, 2011 10:00 ET

Vancouver Veterinarians Announce That November Is Senior Pet Wellness Care Month

BURNABY, BC--(Marketwire - Nov 15, 2011) - Hastings Veterinary Hospital announced that November is "Senior Pet Wellness Month." The animal vet clinic is reminding pet owners that senior pets require semi-annual wellness screenings in order to detect health conditions early. The vet clinic is also sharing health care tips for caring for elderly pets, including how to safely keep senior pets active. They will provide specials for a geriatric evaluation for pets seven years and older for the greater Vancouver and Burnaby pet communities. Specials will include: 25% off geriatric blood and urine testing; diet recommendations based on exam and diagnostics with a free sample bag of diet food; routine deworming; ocular pressures (if necessary); and baseline blood pressure testing for free.

Vancouver veterinarian, Dr. Amardeep Bajwa announced that November is "Senior Pet Wellness Month" at Hastings Veterinary Hospital. Dr. Amardeep Bajwa and fellow veterinarian Dr. Jangi Bajwa are using the month of November as an opportunity to raise awareness about the unique health needs that older pets face. They are offering veterinary specials throughout the month for awareness regarding senior pet health care.

"Older pets make wonderful companion animals although they require a little extra love and attention," said Dr. Amardeep Bajwa. "As your pets age, many show a general 'slowing down' in physical skills and senses, like the ability to run, jump, hear, smell or see naturally decline. However, many age-related conditions, such as arthritis, are fully treatable with early intervention."

Dr. Bajwa is reminding pet owners that senior pets need semi-annual wellness care examinations. During these exams, the veterinarians will check for the early warning signs of age-related conditions. These conditions may include: hormone disorders such as a thyroid imbalance, arthritis, kidney, heart, and liver disease, tumors and cancers and diabetes.

Diagnostic services available at the greater Vancouver animal vet clinic include heartworm testing, blood pressure evaluation, fecal sample testing, feline leukemia/feline immunodeficiency virus testing for cats, and urine protein evaluations. According to Drs. Bajwa, these tests provide the veterinarians with an important snapshot of a pet's overall health. Many health conditions can also be detected early through a test before a pet shows symptoms.

"Early diagnosis of these conditions ensures that we are able to use all available veterinary resources to manage the condition before the health of a pet is seriously affected," said Dr. Jangi Bajwa. "For example, early detection of arthritis allows us to use alternative treatments, such as incorporating fish oil into the diet, to help manage this condition. For many older arthritic dogs, we are able to keep them active and enjoying life without the need for dog surgery."

Drs. Bajwa also emphasized the importance of dental care in older pets to prevent gingivitis and gum disease. The clinic offers comprehensive animal dentistry services including cleaning dogs teeth to remove the build-up of plaque and tartar from the gum line.

Pet owners who would like to learn more about senior pet care may do so by visiting the vet clinic's website, http://metrovancouvervet.ca.

Contact Information

  • Hastings Veterinary Hospital
    Burnaby, BC
    1-888-667-5235