Older Pets

Just as with people, our companions grow older and they begin to require special attention to make their senior years comfortable. As pets age, minor ailments can signal developing diseases such as arthritis, cancer, congestive heart failure, or lung, liver, and kidney disease. Early detection and treatment of these diseases in older pets can add happy years to you and your best friend’s lives.

We offer a comprehensive work-up to determine the status of your senior’s health and then implement the necessary medications and nutritional counseling.

Aging in Dogs

The age at which a dog becomes a senior varies greatly based on their breed. You should consider this when choosing a pet. Very large breeds such as St. Bernards or Wolfhounds have a much shorter lifespan than some of the smaller breeds such as terriers or small poodles. Taking great care of your dog in its senior days can add many more years to their lifetime.

Help Keep Your Dog Young

  • Give them plenty of exercise.
  • Good nutritional health.
  • Weight control.
  • Avoid heat and cold stress.
  • Good veterinary care.

Aging in Cats

Aging in cats by breed does not vary as much as it does in dogs. However, taking the same great care as you would with a dog is essential to giving your feline a long and healthy lifespan.

Routine for Older Pets

Geriatric Checkups:

Your pet will need to be seen more often to check heart and kidney function, digestive tract, and teeth. We have a special chemistry screening test for seniors.

Nutritional Program:

Put your pet on a senior food with the right balance of protein, fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals. Avoid weight gain – look for a light senior food.

Eyesight:

Watch for deterioration here and try to keep a routine for your pet that it knows.

Hearing:

Your pet may lose this progressively until it is completely deaf. During this process you will need to supervise your pet’s activities more closely.

Teeth:

A major source of infection for older pets. You will need to have them cleaned annually.

Skin:

Groom your pet carefully and use this time to check for lumps within and under the skin. If you find any, have them checked promptly.

Spay/Neuter:

If your pet has not been spayed or neutered, you should seriously consider this. Unwanted pregnancies can be very serious for older females. Breast tumors, infections, and tumors of the uterus and prostate glands are more common in pets that have not been fixed early in life.

Environment:

As your pet ages it is not able to withstand the heat and cold as well. Provide good shelter in all weather.