It can be hard to admit when we see signs of old age in our animal companions, but the fact is that most dogs are considered seniors when they hit seven and cats around nine. Animals age much more rapidly than humans, which means diseases and illnesses progress quicker as well.
The veterinarians at our South College Veterinary Clinic offer a range of veterinary care for senior pets to ensure your pet has the longest, healthiest, and most comfortable life possible.
We encourage you to bring your senior pets in for exams and blood tests twice a year. This allows us to monitor how your pet is aging as well as detect and treat any emerging health issues. In doing this, we will provide proactive treatments while easily and effectively manage any concerns.
Blood tests are one of the most important parts of a senior exam. These screenings, often referred to as a “senior panel,” can reveal how well the kidney, liver, pancreas, and thyroid are functioning. Routine senior pet care also includes dental exams and may include x-rays to ensure there are no masses in the lungs and that your pet’s heart is a normal size.
Make sure you let your vet know about any behavioral changes in your pet. Once animals enter the geriatric stage, monitoring for signs of cognitive dysfunction–such as losing training, getting lost or wandering aimlessly–is important.
Depending on the findings, we’ll recommend a treatment plan that could potentially consist of medications, activities, and dietary changes.