Keep Your Pets Healthy This Winter Season

With winter approaching, it is extremely important to get your senior pets in tip-top shape to get them through the long, cold months. Given that November is National Pet Cancer Month and National Pet Diabetes Month, now is the perfect time to learn more about the symptoms and treatment of these pet diseases, and to have your pets checked for any signs of diabetes or cancer.

Pet Cancer
Pet cancer is easily detectable, with primary through signs, such as bumps and tumors; strange odors from the mouth or ears; wounds that don’t heal; and abnormal discharges, such as blood, pus, vomiting or diarrhea. More extreme conditions might include difficulty breathing and evidence of pain, though initial/basic “sick pet” signs, such as excessive weight loss, lethargy/depression, changes in bathroom habits and lack of appetite, are usually the first indicators. A simple exam with your veterinarian – which includes blood work and a urinalysis – will help determine whether your pet has cancer.

As there are many types and stages of cancer, which present differently in various species, treatment options will vary. In these cases, it is wise to consult with your veterinarian on the treatment options available to you.

Pet Diabetes
pet diabetes, which is most commonly found in dogs might initially be detected through change in appetite to lethargy, but there are also several physical signs. This includes excessive thirst and increase in water consumption, increased urination, significant weight loss, dehydration, urinary tract infections and unusually sweet-smelling or fruity-smelling breath.– As with cancer, bloodwork and urinalysis will confirm whether your pet has diabetes.

Treating pet diabetes is simple, for most dogs it’s a matter of regulating blood sugar, just like in humans. This can range from changing their diet to include high-fibers, insulin injections or, in extreme cases, intensive hospitalization in the early stages. In the cases of we suggest spaying female dogs as their sex organs can affect blood sugar levels.

Adopt a Senior Pet
November is also National Adopt a Senior Pet Month. As part of this celebration, shelters and rescues around the country encourage pet lovers to adopt a senior pet, which is considered the most difficult group to place in homes. These pets run a higher risk of euthanasia, and often live out their golden years in shelters. But, what families don’t consider is that these pets can be the best addition, as they are usually well-trained and house broken.

If you are thinking about adding a new [old] pet to your family, or would like to have your pet examined for possible cancer or diabetes, please call us at (516) 825-3066 for assistance.

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