For the pets that have reached their golden years, wellness care for senior dogs and cats becomes an important part of their health program. Aging affects dogs and cats just like it affects us, causing a variety of changes including arthritis, cataracts, hearing loss, diabetes, and weight gain. To anticipate the changes in your pet’s health and lifestyle, our animal hospital offers services specific to the needs of seniors. Your pet can still enjoy a full and happy life—schedule a visit with your veterinarian to work out a plan that suits them best.
Services for Our Seniors
Every pet needs a routine, especially senior pets. For your pet, we might recommend:
- Twice-yearly physical exams (include checking temperature, weight, heart rate, and breathing) can aid us in the early detection (and treatment) of disease.
- Various diagnostic tests (depending on your pet’s condition), which may include a comprehensive blood panel, a complete blood cell count (CBC), testing to evaluate liver and kidney function, electrolytes, EKG, thyroid testing, and more.
- Routine chest X-rays to better evaluate the heart and lungs
- Medication administration and/or refills
- Laser therapy and/or acupuncture treatment for pain relief
Symptoms to Watch for in Your Senior Pet
While it is natural for pets to slow down when they get older, some signs can indicate a legitimate health issue. Look for any of the following and contact us right away:
- Decreased appetite/increased appetite
- Weight loss
- Unable to stand or walk
- Sleeping often
- Chronic diarrhea/vomiting
- Labored breathing/wheezing
- Chronic coughing
- Difficulty urinating
- Excessive thirst/increased urination
- Having accidents in the house
These signs should not be written off as a natural consequence of aging in senior dogs and cats. Let us know if your pet seems ill or isn’t acting like themselves, and we’ll be glad to help you find out the cause.