On average any pet over the age of 7 is more at risk for certain types of illnesses. We follow routine exams with blood work, blood pressure monitoring, x-rays and other necessary diagnostics to look for common conditions of older pets. We want your pets to age gracefully with fewer health risks!
Diet is very important for senior pets. Their needs change, so they should be fed a senior diet. It is also important to feed them high quality food. Many pets start to get picky as they age so it is very important that owners monitor how much their pets really eat.
It is also very important that senior pets are examined regularly, even more than once a year if possible. It is necessary to keep an eye on their weight and body condition. Your veterinarian may be able to notice a problem with your pet before you do!
Regular blood work with a urinalysis should be done to review certain values. This will help catch any problems early. It is important to check to make sure that your pet's kidneys and liver is working properly. You are also looking for early signs of diabetes, cancer, and other potential problems. If possible, a thyroid panel should be done.
Arthritis is a very common problem with older pets. Here at Animal Doctors, we have many different options to make your senior pet more comfortable.
If you have any questions about the care of your senior pet, please contact us today. One of our dedicated staff will help you answer your questions.