There are a growing number of ways we can help “slow the clock” and promote healthy, long lives for our senior pets.
Puppy & Kitten Care
Puppies and kittens have unique medical needs as they build an immune system and start to grow. Your pet’s early visits are important not only for medical evaluation and vaccines, but also because frequent, positive interactions with our staff members from an early age can enhance how your pet reacts to family members and other people and can decrease any potential future stress of coming to see us. Click Here to learn more...
Dog & Cat Care
In those intervening years between puppyhood/kittenhood and the senior pet is the relatively stable time of young adulthood for dogs and cats. Unless accidents occur or your pet develops an unforeseen illness, the minimum recommendation is for bringing your pet in for an annual wellness exam once a year. Click Here to learn more...
Senior Pet Care
Like people, dogs are living longer. We all cherish the companionship of our canine and feline friends. It is important that we help ensure these extended years are the happiest and healthiest possible. Working closely with your veterinarian, you can make a significant difference in the life of your senior pet. Click Here to learn more...
Canine Health Guide
Feline Health Guide
Loving Care for Your Senior Pet
Like people, dogs are living longer. We all cherish the companionship of our canine and feline friends. It is important that we help ensure these extended years are the happiest and healthiest possible. Working closely with your veterinarian, you can make a significant difference in the life of your senior pet.
As dogs and cats move into the senior phase of life (generally at age seven and beyond), they experience changes that are very similar to aging humans. Diseases and conditions that are commonly known to affect older people also affect our furry companions: kidney, heart and liver disease, cancer, diabetes, depression, arthritis, thyroid conditions, hormonal problems, neuroses, and loss of sensory perception. Understanding these changes and how you can provide for your pet's needs are essential to quality of life.
Diagnostic Wellness Exams
Several non-invasive tests and procedures performed regularly can help your veterinarian detect early-stage disease and provide a baseline for measuring changes. These tests include:
• Complete Blood Count
• Serum Chemistry Profile
• Thyroid Hormone Levels
• Other tests as may be recommended by your veterinarian
More Frequent Examinations
While an annual exam may be sufficient for younger dogs, your veterinarian may want to see your older pet at least every 6 months. For a dog, this represents 5 to 8 years in the life of a human. Special attention will be paid to your pet's teeth and gums, skin and coat, heart, lungs, kidneys, digestive system, eyes and joints. Annual laboratory tests can detect the onset of disease or abnormal health conditions.
Nutrition and Environment
A proper diet and suitable environment are critical to your pet's continued health and comfort. Your veterinarian and hospital staff may advise you on modifications for your aging pet. This may include a special diet based on your cat or dog's specific needs, or an exercise regimen for your senior pet.
Conditions such as arthritis are very common disorders in older pets. New medications are now available that are both safe and effective for pain management, Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome and other age-related diseases. Newer modalities for treating pain are also now available, such as Laser therapy (described in the Pain Management section).