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Senior Pet Wellness

As dogs and cats get older, they need more attention and special care. Our senior wellness program can help your pet remain fit and healthy as he or she ages and help us catch any potential problems earlier, when they’re easier to treat or manage. Regular veterinary exams can actually help your pet live longer!

Diagnosing diseases and certain health conditions early is important throughout a pet’s life, but it becomes even more critical when your dog or cat becomes older. The risks of arthritis, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, hormone disorders, kidney failure, liver disease and other health problems all increase with age. In addition, dogs and cats may not show any signs of even serious diseases until they are quite advanced.

The age at which a pet is considered to be “senior” varies depending on its breed and size. Smaller dogs tend to live longer than larger dogs, and cats generally live longer than dogs. Certain breeds of dogs and cats may live, on average, longer than others. We can help you determine what life stage your pet is in and what impact this has on his or her health care needs.

Before your dog or cat reaches senior status, we recommend that you bring your pet in for a baseline exam and diagnostic workup. This will give us a record of what’s normal for your pet so we can keep track of any changes. In most cases, we suggest this checkup when your dog turns 7 years of age or your cat turns 8 years of age. Thereafter, your senior pet will benefit from more frequent veterinary exams and diagnostic testing.

When issues are identified during your pet’s senior workup we can treat many symptoms that are commonly attributed to age. In addition to physical abnormalities we can address behavioral and mentation changes, including those associated with cognitive dysfunction syndrome (similar to Alzheimer’s in humans). We can also improve your pet’s quality of life in many ways, including identifying and preventing or reducing pain such as that associated with arthritis. We can then recommend an appropriate nutrition, medication and exercise plan, and suggest environmental modifications to keep your pet comfortable.

We will tailor a senior wellness plan to meet you and your pet’s individual needs. If you have any questions, we would be happy to discuss our senior wellness program in more detail. Call us today to schedule your pet’s exam!