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Senior Care

Be sure to bring your senior pet in at least once yearly!

Don't let problems tarnish your pet's golden years. Proper healthcare is critical for the senior pet. Arthritis, heart disease, and cancer are just a few of the problems geriatric pets face — but these problems are treatable, especially when found early.

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Senior Pets Have Special Needs

As with older people, geriatric pets can develop problems, including:

  • Kidney disease

  • Arthritis

  • Dental disease

  • Endocrine disease

  • Cancer

  • Heart disease

  • Cataracts or other eye problems

  • Weight problems (obesity or underweight)

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Keeping Your Pet Healthy

Senior pets are living longer due to advances in healthcare.

Although we usually refer to pets 8 years of age or older as “senior,” this is just a general guideline. For example, cats (who often live to be 15-18 years of age) may not reach “senior” status until 10-12 years of age. Giant breed dogs, on the other hand, may be classified as “senior” by age 5 or 6.

Depending on your pet’s health, physical exams are recommended every 6-12 months during the senior years. Pets with chronic health problems may require visits even more often. The doctor may recommend any of the following as a means of screening for geriatric diseases:

  • Geriatric blood profile

  • Thyroid blood test

  • Electrocardiogram (ECG)

  • Radiography (X-ray)

  • Ultrasound

Be sure to bring your senior pet in at least once yearly!