When pets have reached the approximate age of seven (varying by breed and size) they have reached their senior years and the care they require will begin to change. Many pet owners see their pets slowing down and showing signs of age, thinking these are a normal part of the aging process. It’s important to remember that many of these signs are symptoms of larger issues that often affect senior pets, such as arthritis, kidney disease, heart conditions, and more.
Our wonderful companions are masters at disguising pain and ill health. Good history history and exam for me tells a lot about where to go from here - always keeping in mind quality of life over simply extending life that’s not being enjoyed.
Senior pets require increased attention, including more frequent visits to the veterinarian, possible changes in diet, and in some cases alterations to their home environment.
Geriatric pets can develop many of the same problems seen in older people, such as:
- Heart Disease
- Kidney/Urinary Tract Disease
- Joint or Bone Disease (like arthritis)
- Nutritional Deficiencies
If you’ve been thinking “something’s up but there’s nothing that can be done” this is probably not the case. There usually is something that can be done to improve quality of life.
These questions are best answered in the exam room face to face. We will work together to decide what is best so your doggie or kitty can enjoy his or her golden years!
If your pet is over the age of seven, we recommend that you contact our team right away to schedule their senior care visit. This month only, we are offering 20% off your Senior Pet Exams, making it easier for you to bring in your senior pet.
Let's help your senior doggie or kitty feel as good as they possibly can!
- From the desk of Dr. Stacey Gastis