Senior Pet Care
Just like in human health care, pets face some of the same health challenges as they age. Being proactive with veterinary care is very important with senior pets so that we can watch for signs of weight gain, heart, kidney and liver damage and even diabetes. This is why the veterinarians at Companion Animal Clinic recommend semi annual wellness exams for senior pets so the potential for problems and diseases can be minimized.
Determining the age your pet becomes a “senior” is based on many factors, such as breed, size of pet, and lifestyle. In general, when your dog is over 7 years and your cat is over 10 years of age, they are considered a senior.
As a senior pet, preventive wellness exams become even more valuable. The earlier we detect a health problem, the better the chance for a good outcome for your pet. Senior pets are very good at hiding their ailments from their owners. Wellness exam visits provide insight into your senior pet’s aging process. Great advances have been made in the treatment of many senior pet conditions. Some of these include:
Arthritis pain management
Changes in eye sight
Loss of activity level
Additionally, we recommend a diagnostic workup once a year that includes the following:
Complete blood count
Blood chemistry panel
Quality preventive care is essential to the health of your pet. We want your pet to live a long and happy life. We have the tools to diagnose the possible disease process in the early stages.
If you have any questions or concerns, our team will be happy to discuss them with you. Please contact us to schedule your pet’s senior wellness visit. This wellness visit may be scheduled with other needed vaccines or yearly lab tests.