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Age Is Just a Number

As our pets age, we sometimes start to notice changes in their habits, attitude and mobility. Many of us tend to think these changes are just due to age. However, age is only a number; not a disease.

Typically around the ages of 7- 9, we consider pets to be in their early years of being a senior. As our pets age, certain illnesses can arise, and many symptoms we start to see are not just due to their age, but undetected illnesses.

Preventative measures can help to detect early onset of many life-threatening diseases such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Kidney and Liver Disease
  • Heart Disease
  • and more

Why take my pet to the vet every year?

  • Annual and bi-annual examinations are key to detecting these diseases
  • Over 1 year, senior pets age anywhere from 4-10 years in “human” years depending on their breed/size
  • Health can drastically change during that period
  • Early intervention helps to slow the disease process and prolong their lives

Why do blood and urine testing?

  • Establishes a baseline
  • Detects changes internally that cannot be detected otherwise until it’s too late
  • Monitor progress of treatment of diseases

Changes to mention to your vet:

  • Appetite/Drinking
  • Activity level
  • Urination and Bowel Movements
  • Mobility
  • Skin/Coat
  • Eyes and Ears

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” – Benjamin Franklin

Written By: Tanya – Clinic Manager, RVT

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Last updated: December 17, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective September 28th, 2020 we have made some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

4. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday to Thursday: 9:00 am – 7:30 pm
- Friday: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
- Saturday: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
- Sunday: CLOSED

5. NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

Your dedicated team at West Hill Animal Clinic