Making the Golden Years the Best Years
Just like puppies and kittens, senior pets have unique needs and considerations, and the team at Suburban Animal Hospital is here to help.
While every pet is different, most cats are considered senior at the age of 10, while most dogs are termed senior around age 7. Common problems among senior pets include:
- Dental disease
- Kidney disease
To help prevent the onset of common age-related conditions, we focus on the following elements of senior pet care:
- Early detection of disease
- Frequency of veterinary visits
- Increased parasite control
- Lifestyle/environmental changes
- Maintaining mobility
- Management of chronic diseases
- Mental health and awareness
At Suburban Animal Hospital, we also recommend twice yearly wellness exams and annual senior diagnostic screenings such as blood panels and urinalyses. These tests help us identify underlying medical conditions and increased frequency can aid in early detection efforts. In general, it’s important to note any change (big or small) in your senior pet. For example, if your cat or dog seems to be moving slower than usual, it may be an indication of pain, not simply aging.
Senior Nutritional Needs
When caring for your senior pet, it’s important to discuss any adjustments to your pet’s diet that may be necessary. Weight gain can put a lot of strain on joints and increases the risk for diseases such as diabetes. Alternatively, drastic weight loss can also be a sign of serious medical issues. If you have any concerns or observe a change in your senior pet’s eating habits, contact us immediately.
Supporting a Senior Lifestyle
At Suburban Animal Hospital, we want to ensure a high quality of life for your senior pet. As part of our comprehensive approach to care, we will help you consider any environmental or lifestyle changes that may be appropriate as your pet ages. In general, senior pets are highly susceptible to anxiety and stress, so loud noises, new people, and sudden disruptions should be avoided. Whenever possible, continue to include your companion in your normal routines, and always incorporate regular play and exercise into his or her day.
Caring for a senior pet should be rewarding and fulfilling, and our team is here to help you every step of the way. Contact us today to start discussing the best way to support your aging pet.