Senior Pet Care
How your pet's needs change.
Older pets are likely to have one or more problems requiring medical attention. Changes in health can arise unpredictably and alarmingly fast in senior pets. Addressing disease early often improves prognosis, so we recommend that senior pets be examined twice a year. These visits provide an opportunity to discuss the wellbeing of your pets as they age.
Senior pets hold a special place in your hearts and ours. We want to reward their loyalty and provide a more comfortable old age. We will help to diagnose and treat your pet’s medical condition, and help to manage pain that older pets often experience.
What diseases are senior pets more susceptible to?
Senior cats and dogs are at risk for many of the same diseases that can affect elderly humans, including:
- Heart disease
- Kidney or urinary tract diseases
- Liver disease
- Joint disease and arthritis
- Thyroid and endocrine diseases
How can I take care of my senior pet?
Senior pets require greater vigilance in health matters, and changes in lifestyle may be warranted.
- Increased veterinary care—Twice yearly, more in-depth exams help to screen for diseases common to older pets. Annual blood work is recommended.
- Good nutrition and weight control—Many pets put on weight as they age, which can trigger joint pain, arthritis, and other diseases.
- Exercise and mental stimulation—Older pets should continue to exercise and play, but modifications may be required.
- Lifestyle modifications—You may find you need to modify some aspects of your pet’s environment. Limiting stairs, time outdoors, or buying litter boxes with lower sides are examples of changes to be considered. We can discuss recommendations specific to your pet’s needs as well.
Read more about senior pet care from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).
If you have questions about how often we should see your senior pet or you’d like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (401) 823-7211.