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hello I’m dr. Mike
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today’s vet vid episode is on senior pet
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care we’re going to discuss why senior
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pet should be examined what the
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veterinarian may be looking for and what
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tests may be performed dr. April miles a
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veterinarian in Rancho Santa Margarita
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California is going to give us a brief
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introduction on this important topic pet
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may be considered a senior about 7 years
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on average if you’re going to take all
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the breeds and sizes together but small
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breed dogs do tend to age less quickly
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than giant breed dogs for example so if
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you’re looking at a Great Dane I
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generally say about 6 years of age is a
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senior whereas a tiny dog may be 8 so
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average 7 years of age seeing your exams
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are really important and I recommend
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them at least every 6 months because
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they age so much faster than we do we
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can pick up subtle changes that an owner
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may not see we listen to the heart and
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lungs we can hear murmurs arrhythmia as
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we palpate the abdomen we can find
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masses so yeah an owner may find an ear
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infection or know that their dog has bad
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breath but we may be able to pick up on
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diseases before the owners aware of them
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and help prolong the patient’s life
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potentially specific questions that your
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veterinarian may ask you that can key us
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in to various underlying disease
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processes is increase in water
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consumption increase in urination change
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in defecation behavior or eating like if
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your dog’s eating a lot more activity
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level you know changes in breathing
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exercise intolerance stuff like that can
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clue us into maybe an underlying disease
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process going on with your animal your
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veterinarian can also provide you with
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advice on special diets for your senior
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pet especially certain breeds do have
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certain needs as they get older exercise
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that could be good for your pet
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especially if they have certain diseases
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joint disease and stuff we can discuss
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what exercise is appropriate or if they
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have heart disease we can
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that with you your veterinarian may
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recommend blood work or a senior
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wellness profile these are sort of
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pre-screening things where we’re looking
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for maybe renal insufficiency kidney
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disease liver disease just any sort of
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changes we also like to perform a
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urinalysis as part of that senior
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wellness profile and a fecal just a
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basic screening to try to find diseases
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early before the owner is noticing a
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change in their animal many
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veterinarians recommend that a senior
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pet be examined at least twice a year
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there are very important changes that
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take place in a senior pet that may not
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be clinical in other words your pet may
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not be showing any signs early on
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however your veterinarian is trained to
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pick up these early changes on a
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physical exam I recommend that your pet
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have routine blood and urine tests
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performed at each of these visits
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picking up your problem before your
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senior peda sick may make all the
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difference in their quality of life