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Happy Valley Veterinary Hospital
15957 SE Happy Valley Town Center Dr
Happy Valley, OR 97086
During the month of July, we are offering a free exam for any pets that are aged 10 years or older!
*Offer valid July 1-31, 2017
Senior pets have different care requirements than those of a younger pet. This fact probably doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone. But how do you know when your pet is considered to be a senior?
It really depends on the individual pet. In general, giant breed dogs age faster than smaller breed dogs. And cats age about as fast as a small dog. Genetics, nutrition, environment; all of these also play a role in how fast your pet ages.
What might surprise you is what to expect when your pet ages. Pets actually age a lot like humans do and experience many of the same ailments and conditions. When a senior pet comes to our veterinary hospital we are checking for early signs of kidney, liver, and heart disease. Additionally, we evaluate for the beginning of arthritis and diabetes. As is true in human medicine, early detection allows for early intervention thus helping to prevent serious harm and/or slow the progression of the disease, which can increase your pet’s quality of life and add to the number of years you get to enjoy your pet. This is a key reason we recommend bringing your senior pet in at least twice a year for a check-up and do health screening tests, such as bloodwork annually. Think of these tests as an “internal physical examination” of your pet. We can evaluate organ function and screen for many of the problems facing pets in their older years. A health plan formulated to meet the needs of your aging pets will provide a higher quality of life for them and early intervention in most disease processes will minimize or slow the damage from disease, which can help avoid major health emergencies pets face when these diseases go undetected.
This month we would like to invite you to bring in your pet aged 10 years or older for a FREE EXAM. Give us a call to schedule your appointment at (503) 395-1649. (Offer valid July 1-31, 2017)