Senior Pet Care

Pets age 6 to 7 years for every human year, and are considered seniors after 7 years of age. Our doctors recommend that senior pets have a veterinary exam every six months. In human terms, it's still equivalent to only having a checkup every three years - and a lot can change in three years. A geriatric check-up should include a complete blood count (CBC), blood chemistry profile, urinalysis, thyroid panel, and cardiac exam (listening to your pet’s heart). Your veterinarian may recommend other tests to insure a total progressive workup.

Watch your senior pet for any changes in appearance, changes in water or food intake, lumps or bumps, or abnormal behavior that may signal illness. Bring these changes to your veterinarian's attention. Early detection can facilitate a cure or delay the progression of many disorders.

One of the most important things you can do for your senior pet is to make sure that they maintain a proper weight. Many senior pet problems have been linked to obesity or inactivity. Specially formulated senior pet foods are lower in calories and have high-quality protein that can be helpful in maintaining health. However, watch your pet for any negative reactions, such as vomiting and diarrhea, any time you introduce a diet change. Do not give your pet vitamin supplements unless approved or prescribed by a doctor.

Maintain a schedule of regular exercise but remember that your senior pet may not be as quick or agile. Be on the look out for progressive limping, problems getting up from a lying position, or climbing stairs. These may be signs of arthritis. Be sure to alert the doctor during your pet's next visit. Our goal is to provide the best quality of life to our senior patients.

 

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