At Animal General our veterinarians provide complete geriatric care for senior dogs and cats. We strive to help your pet feel comfortable and healthy in their old age.
Geriatric Care for Senior Dogs & Cats
Senior pets often require extra diligent routine care and early diagnosis throughout their old age. This attentive care can help your pet live longer and stay healthier throughout their golden years. Because of this, it is key that they attend regularly scheduled routine exams, even if they seem healthy.
Our experienced veterinary team is here to help. We can identify emerging health issues and offer proactive treatment early, while we can still effectively and easily manage any problems.
Is my pet considered 'old'?
Although your pet may seem young and energetic, you might be surprised to find out that they are already considered a senior! In fact, cats and small to medium-sized dogs are typically considered seniors around the age of 7.
Since larger breeds of dogs typically have shorter lifespans, they are often considered to be seniors by the time they reach 6 years old.
Typical Health Problems
Because of improves dietary options and vet care, cats and dogs live far loner today than they ever have before. This is something worth celebrating, but as our pets live longer, owners and vets face more age-related conditions as well.
Senior pets are typically prone to the following conditions:
- Heart disease
- Urinary tract disease
- Joint or bone disorders
- Liver disease
- Kidney disease
- Blindness and hearing loss
Veterinary Care for Seniors
Our vets will thoroughly examine your geriatric cat or dog, inquire about their home life and perform any required tests. This way, we will be able to acquire as much kn0owledge about your senior pet's condition and physical health as possible.
Based on the findings, we'll recommend a treatment plan that can potentially include medications, activities and dietary changes that may help improve your senior pet's health, well-being and comfort.
Routine Wellness Exams
Preventative care is the cornerstone of geriatric dog or cat care.
It gives our vets an opportunity to identify and begin to treat conditions before they advance, and will allow your pet their best chance that a happy, healthy and fulfilled life throughout their senior years.
New Patients Are Always Welcome
We are always happy to see patients at our animal hospital! Get in touch today to get started.