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The Lasalle Veterinary Clinic has been in business since 1972. Located in a friendly residential area in Ville Lasalle, on the south side of the La Verendrye canal (corner of 1st Avenue and Champlain), this convenient location is easily available to both LaSalle and Verdun residents.


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November is the geriatric month at the Veterinary Clinic Lasalle!

Cats and dogs age faster than us!

 

An older animal is a valuable member of your family. We consider an animal geriatric when he exceeds 7 years of age. It is from this point that the vital organs such as the kidneys, liver and heart begin to feel the effects of age. Many diseases are also more common in older animals: diabetes, cancer, cataracts, periodontal diseases, hyperthyroidism in cats and hypothyroidism in dogs. Consulting the veterinary on a regular basis, having a good diet, doing exercice and regular grooming. Combine with some minor changes or restrictions in the home environment, the elder animal can remain healthy and safe for years and years. Pets play an important role in our lives and those of our families, they deserve the best.



ARTHRITIS

Older animals often develop osteoarthritis, which causes pain and reduced mobility. Osteoarthritis is unfortunately more frequent in large breed dogs mostly at their hips.

Here are some recommendations:

  1. Keep your animal thin. Obesity contributes to joint problems.
  2. Control the pain, your older pet will be able to continue to take walks with you. Your veterinarian will make suggestions about it.
  3. Make sure the bowls of food and water are easily accessible.
  4. Help your pet up and down the stairs.
  5. If your older pet slips on floors, install a carpet in his favorite place so he can more easily get up.
  6. Discuss nutrition with your veterinarian. We have several foods specially designed to help dogs and cats with osteoarthritis.




PERIODONTAL DISEASES

Not only having a toothache is terribly painful, but tartar buildup can causes bleeding, allowing bacteria to enter the bloodstream. These bacterias move throughout the body and may affect vital organs such as the heart and kidneys.

Signs of dental disease:

  1. Bad Breath
  2. Red and swollen gums that bleed easily
  3. Yellow-brown crusts on the teeth (tartar)
  4. Inactivity, decreased interaction with family

When dental disease is very advanced, so we can also observe:

  1. Difficulty chewing, not eating
  2. Loss of weight and muscle mass

Once tartar appears, only the vet can remove it by performing a teeth cleaning. Often because of the pain, animals adopt a more withdrawn behavior and sometimes even aggressive. Following the teeth cleaning, your pet will emerge transformed. Many owners have told us that their pet has became more cheerful than before the procedure, the pain being removed. However, several tools are available to you to help you prevent these diseases.

Here are some recommendations:

  1. Brush your pet's teeth every day.
  2. Give food and treats specially formulated to clean teeth.
  3. Provide toys that help clean the teeth.




CONSTIPATION

Older animals tend to be more often constipated.

As the animals grow older, they tend to become less active and more often constipated. The stools become less frequent and your pet may have to provide a greater effort to defecate. Obese animals are more at risk.

Here are some recommendations:

  1. Make sure your pet has a bowel movement every day. If he has trouble defecating, contact your veterinarian.
  2. Many older animals may benefit from a certain amount of fiber in their diet. Combined with daily exercise, it can help your older pet to be more regular.
  3. Consult your veterinary clinic for recommendations for food.
  4. Most older dogs like to go for a walk about 20-30 minutes after eating (they defecate more often at this time).




INTOLERANCE TO COLD AND HEAT

An older animal feels the cold more than a younger animal. Since the cold weather is now arriving, we thought it was a good topic to discuss ... especially since we can easily not know (or remember) that our older animals are more sensitive to extreme temperatures. They feel the cold more and may be less tolerant to heat because they produce less hormones than necessary to maintain normal body temperature.

Here are some recommendations:

  1. Your pet might like to wear clothing (and boots) in winter.
  2. Take shorter walks, especially in very cold weather.
  3. Never leave your older pet alone in a vehicle.
  4. In summer, outside, give him a good shelter against the sun and plenty of water.



Our pets are living longer and older but it is not enough that they live a long time, we also want them to have an a good quality of life. Our goal is to practice preventive medicine and the early detection of diseases and the most common conditions affecting older animals.

We recommend that you do a full health review and a geriatric review to your old friend. This assessment includes:

  1. Blood tests to ensure that several organs are functioning properly
  2. Verify the blood pressure of the animal
  3. Urine analysis
  4. A small size bag or a case of free food (only in November)



With this checkup, the vet will:

  1. Discuss specific preventive measures for the health of your pet
  2. Establish a treatment plan, if necessary
  3. Prescribe food specifically for your pet
  4. Advise you on how to help an older animal to stay in good physical shape



These texts are inspired by '' Maturity in motion-Living with old animal 'Royal-Canin Veterinary Diet.

 

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