Senior Pet Care
Senior animal companions hold a special place in our hearts. With all the advancements in veterinary medicine, pets are living longer than they ever have before. However, with this increased lifespan comes with an increase in the variety of medical conditions and ailments that can afflict pets. Many medical conditions and diseases can be treated or managed, enhancing longevity and quality of life.
Pets age much faster than people, so health problems can progress much more rapidly. In addition, dogs and cats may not show any signs of serious diseases until they are quite advanced. Your companion has a better prognosis if illness is detected early. To optimize your senior pet’s well-being, we recommend a number of preventive steps to ensure early detection and treatment of emerging diseases.
Senior Pet Preventative Care Includes:
- Annual senior wellness exams
- Attention to dental care to keep the mouth comfortable and healthy
- Behavioral assessment to evaluate for age related neurologic changes
- Blood work to check for organ function including diabetes, liver, kidney, and thyroid diseases
- Nutrition, weight, and body condition evaluation
- Orthopedic and mobility assessment to identify joint ailments such as arthritis
- Pain assessment to recognize pain and develop a pain management program