At Town & Country Animal Hospital, we consider senior pets to be those that are 7 years of age and older. Once your pet reaches his or her senior years, we recommend veterinary care be expanded to include:
Your pet will continue to receive the same care he or she was provided during normal wellness exams, but will also receive additional screening and testing specific to age, breed, and medical needs.
Changes in appetite and lifestyle are often two of the first signs you will notice in your senior pet. As a result, it is important that you modify his or her diet and exercise accordingly.
Diagnostic testing (as needed)
Digital radiographs, complete blood counts, urinalysis, and other diagnostic tools provide us with the resources to identify and treat diseases and conditions affecting senior cats and dogs.
By taking these additional measures, we can help prevent and treat a variety of health issues and chronic conditions that commonly affect senior pets, such as:
- Heart disease
- Osteoarthritis and mobility problems
- Cognitive issues
- Dental disease
Changes and Symptoms of Illness in Senior Pets
If you notice any of the following signs in your pet, please contact your veterinarian as soon as possible, as your pet may be in need of emergency care:
- Changes in appetite
- Loss of vision
- Respiratory problems
- Hearing loss
- Behavioral changes
Contact us today to schedule your senior pet’s next visit.