The veterinarians at Brogli Lane Weaver & Alexander Animal Hospital provide comprehensive geriatric care for senior dogs and cats to help them feel healthy and comfortable in their golden years.
Geriatric Care for Senior Dogs & Cats
Once your pet enters their golden years, he or she will need routine preventive veterinary care. Diligent care can help extend your senior pet's life and good health as they age, so it's imperative that they come in for regularly scheduled wellness exams, even if they seem healthy.
Our experienced veterinary team can identify emerging health issues and offer proactive treatment early, while we can still easily and effectively manage any symptoms.
Is my pet considered 'old'?
While your pet may seem young and energetic, you may be surprised to learn that they are already a senior. In fact, cats and small to medium-sized dogs are generally considered seniors around the age of 7.
Larger breed dogs typically have shorter life spans, so would be considered seniors when they reach 6 years old.
Typical Health Problems
Due to better veterinary care and improved dietary options, companion dogs and cats are living far longer today than they have in the past.
While this is absolutely something to be celebrated, pet parents and veterinarians now face more age-related conditions than they did in the past.
Senior pets are typically prone to the following conditions:
- Heart disease
- Liver disease
- Kidney disease
- Urinary tract disease
- Joint or bone disorders
- Blindness and hearing loss
Veterinary Care for Seniors
Your senior pet will be thoroughly examined, and the vet will ask about their home life in detail. The vet will also perform any required tests that may provide additional insight into your pet's general physical health and condition.
Based on the results, we'll recommend a treatment plan that may include medications, dietary changes, and activities that may help improve your senior pet's health, well-being, and comfort.
Routine Wellness Exams
Preventive care is essential to helping your senior pet live a health, happy and fulfilled life. It also gives our veterinarians the opportunity to detect diseases early.
Early detection of disease will help preserve your pet's physical health, and catch emerging health issues before they develop into long-term problems.
With regular physical examinations, your pet will have the best chance at quality long-term health.