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Keeping your senior pet in good health: Changes to look out for in our senior pets

Milton Keynes Veterinary Group
As pets age, like us, they are likely to experience changes to their health and lifestyle.

Here is some of the signs we as owners should look out for in our older pets:
  • Weight Loss:
    As animals get older, they may gradually lose a few pounds. However, if you notice any sudden or significant weight changes, we advise making an appointment for your pet. Weight loss with a good or even increase in appetite could be a sign of hyperthyroidism, a common condition in senior cats which have an overactive thyroid gland. Rapid weight loss may also be a sign of parasite infestation, or kidney or liver disease.

  • Changes in Appetite or Thirst:
    If your pet seems constantly ravenous or is drinking more than usual, there could be a number of explanations. Cushing’s disease could be one explanation, a common condition is dogs caused by the body producing too much or the hormone cortisol. Loss of appetite could be related to behavioural issues, as well as kidney disease or blockage in the throat or intestinal track.

  • Lumps and Bumps:
    Lumps and bumps are not uncommon, especially in dogs, but it is always advised to have them checked by your vet. While it could just be a cyst or infection, it could be something more serious, and early detection is vital for the best outcome for your pet.

  • Lethargy and Behavioural Changes:
    In their older ages, your pet’s behaviour may change and you may notice them sleeping more in the daytime and less at night, or they may start showing signs of anxiety, vocalising at night or even aggression. These changes can be a sign of hearing loss, an indication of pain (from conditions such as arthritis), or of Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome (CDS). If you notice a change in your pet’s behaviour we recommend making an appointment with your vet.
Milton Keynes Veterinary Group offer free of charge urine testing at time of your pet’s annual check for all animals over 7 years of age.

A clinical exam of your pet can pick up early cases of Osteoarthritis or Dementia, our veterinary surgeon may also advise a blood test if indicated at this clinical exam.

We also offer Senior cat clinics at our Stoke Road branch with one of our Registered Veterinary Nurses to check your cat’s blood pressure to monitor for any signs of Hypertension, click here to find out more here about High Blood Pressure in cats.

If you have any concerns regarding your pet or you have noticed one of the above signs, please contact our team on 01908 397777 to arrange an appointment for your pet.
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Keeping your senior cat in good health : High Blood Pressure

Did you know cats can suffer from high blood pressure, just like humans? There are often no visible signs, but left untreated it can cause blindness and damage the heart or brain.

High blood pressure is more common in older cats, and those with certain medical conditions like kidney disease. We recommend that all cats over seven years old have their blood pressure checked yearly. Blood pressure is measured in cats using similar methods to that used for humans. It’s a quick and relatively straight forward procedure, you can even stay with your cat whilst it’s done.

Milton Keynes Veterinary Group run Senior Health Checks with one of our registered veterinary nurses at our Cat Only Clinics on Tuesdays and Thursdays at our Stoke Road branch, call us on 01908 397777 to book an appointment.
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The news your feline friends have been waiting for – MK Vet Group’s Cat Clinics are back!

Cat clinic
Our Cat Clinic team are back running our Cat only Clinics at our Stoke Road Branch on Tuesdays and Thursdays for all your feline’s needs as and when they may need us, including:
  • Consultations
  • Vaccinations
  • Repeat Prescription Checks
  • General Health Checks
  • Nurse Clinics
These clinics are exclusively for our felines friends, designed especially to reduce the stress of visiting the vets.

Call us on 01908 397777 to book a appointment or request an appointment online, selecting our Stoke Road branch and your preferred day of either Tuesday or Thursday.
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Still be prepared for Fireworks 2020 – MK Vet Group’s tips for this season

Milton Keynes Veterinary Group
November 2020 is likely to be a very different Fireworks night. With a lack of larger public displays, we expect there will be a big increase in smaller home events. Therefore it is potentially even more important than ever to make sure you prepare your pet for this fireworks period.

We appreciate this time of year can be a stressful time for pets as well as their owners, with over 40% of dogs and a high population of cats in the UK suffering from a fear of fireworks.

Tips and ideas from MK Vet Group to help your pets during this time:
  • Keep your pet indoors prior to when the fireworks are expected to begin. Remember to secure the cat flap if you have one
  • Keep all doors and windows securely closed
  • Make sure curtains are also pulled to muffle sound and block the light from the fireworks
  • Keep internal doors open so your pets don’t feel enclosed or trapped
  • Turn on the TV, radio or play music as background noise, it is a good idea to have this on in advance to the fireworks beginning
  • Create a safe place for your pet to go when they feel stressed, this could be their bed or you can create a den
  • Walk your dog earlier in the day to avoid the times when fireworks are expected to be started, and keep them on their lead at all times
  • Make sure our small mammals are lock up in their hutches and cover their hutch over with a blanket to muffle noise
  • Provide your cat with a litter tray if they are used to toileting outside
  • Feed your pet their usual meal before the fireworks are expected to begin
  • Make sure that your pet is wearing a ID tag and that their microchip details are up to date in case they do manage to escape
  • It is important to avoid any form of punishment if your pet reacts to fireworks, this can lead to further anxiety
  • Comforting your pet when they are scared is an area of controversy. Definitely try to be at home on days around fireworks night when there is likely to be the highest number of displays. It is advised that you don’t pay too much attention or ‘fuss’ over your pet when they are worried, as this can reinforce the fearful behaviour. For some individuals, it may help to hold them firmly and lean into them, while using long, firm massaging strokes rather than normal petting
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Don’t overlook your pet’s broken tooth

Milton Keynes Veterinary Group
Fractured teeth are a common injury in cats and dogs, with the majority involving fractured canines of the upper jaw. Damage is commonly caused by falls, running into objects, clashing teeth and road traffic accidents. In dogs, other objects that can damage teeth include raw hide, bones, sticks/branches, rocks, ice and other hard objects.

The radiograph to the right shows a case of pulpitis in a cat. The pulp cavity is the hollow area inside a tooth filled with sensitive pulp tissue (blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue). This commonly occurs when the tip of the tooth is fractured, allowing bacteria to enter the pulp cavity. Swelling of the pulp tissue prevents blood entering the root canal and the result is ‘death’ of the tooth. On the radiograph we can see widening of the pulp cavity compared to the normal tooth on the right, with evidence of an abscess at the apex of the root. On this occasion the affected tooth was extracted.

It is important to note that this problem was found during a routine dental, and the patient did not show any obvious mouth pain at the time, but the owner reported marked improvement in his demeanour and appetite following surgery. Due to high pain threshold and other instinctive behaviours, our patients rarely shows signs of pain and will often hide pain very well.

It is therefore important to never ignore a broken tooth in your pet.
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