Senior Pet Veterinary Care
Preventive exams for senior dogs and cats help prevent conditions and diseases that are common during the later years in life. These conditions include bone and joint problems, hormone disorders, cancer, and diseases of the kidney, heart, and liver. Because pets age at a faster rate than humans, we recommend biannual exams for senior pets to check for any underlying conditions.
Common Age-Related Issues in Dogs and Cats
- Changes in your dog’s nutritional requirements.
- Dental disease resulting in pain, a decreased appetite, or possible infection.
- Changes in your dog’s weight.
- Noticeable orthopedic problems associated with osteoarthritis.
- Changes in or loss of hearing and/or eyesight.
- Behavioral changes.
- Fluctuating bowel or urinary habits.
- Evident development of lumps and bumps, and/or other skin/coat changes.
At Giles County Animal Hospital, we offer senior wellness care programs that are tailored specifically for the needs your pet. Our senior exams include a complete exam, urinalysis, blood-chemistry panel, and parasite evaluation. Our veterinarians can also suggest special formulated food for your pet, whose new nutritional needs will benefit from an adjusted diet.
In addition to biannual exams, keeping your older pet active may help to slow the deterioration of senses associated with the aging process. We can help you create an exercise plan that is appropriate with your pet’s ability, and mental stimulation games for your senior pet.
Please call us today with any questions or concerns regarding your senior pet’s health and behavior, or to schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians.