Senior Pet Care

As your pet approaches the "geriatric or senior" stage of their lives, they require more attention and specialized care. Once cats and dogs reach the age of 7, they are considered to be "senior" pets. Just as with senior citizens, geriatric pets can develop the same type of problems seen in people.

Catching problems early is key to preventing them from becoming more serious and then often more expensive to treat. It is important to remember, do not give human medications to your pet without first consulting your veterinarian. Some human products can often be fatal to your pets. Please give us a call with any concerns about your pet, one of our veterinarians will be happy to speak with you.

  • Cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney/Urinary tract disease
  • Diabetes
  • Joint/Bone disease
  • Senility
  • Dental Disease
  • General weakness

It is important to understand that your pet should see the veterinarian at least once a year for physical exam. Depending on your pet’s health risks and symptoms, this visit may require bloodwork, radiographs, or blood pressure checks. Here are some early warning signs that your senior pet may be having problems:

  • Weight loss/gain
  • Changes in appetite and activity level
  • Increased thirst & urination
  • Loss of bladder control or unusual bowel problems(diarrhea or constipation)
  • Excessive panting or changes in behavior (disorientation or excessive whining)
  • Lumps or poor hair coat
  • Bad breath, drooling or sore mouth