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Respecting the Needs of Your Senior Pets

Senior Pet Care

Greece Animal Hospital embraces a respectful, responsible approach to senior pet care. We understand that your aging dogs and cats have special needs. We provide the most progressive disease prevention and treatment protocols, combined with the sensitivity our senior patients deserve.

Quality Care for Loyal Seniors

Dogs and cats become seniors at varying ages depending upon size, breed, and type. Typically, medium-sized dogs enter the senior stage around age 7 and cats around age 8.

Your veterinarian will tell you when the time comes to begin the senior protocol. Regular wellness exams and lab work help us to make that determination.

Regular dental exams and cleanings become especially important during this stage, to prevent disease and enhance comfort. Other senior health recommendations may include medical testing, nutritional supplements and prescription diets, modification in exercise and lifestyle, and medication for chronic conditions.

Senior Exams and Lab Tests

In the senior pet, early identification of developing problems and diseases allows us to begin proper treatment early. We recommend twice a year examinations and annual lab tests for every senior dog and cat.

Possible tests for senior pets include:

For specific conditions, we may also order X-ray or ultrasound tests, parasite screening, and more advanced blood and urine testing.

Blood Pressure in Senior Pets

Hypertension (high blood pressure) is a serious health issue in dogs and cats. Causes of hypertension include age, obesity, certain diseases, and some medications.

Pet Hypertension

Hypertension (high blood pressure) is a serious veterinary health problem often seen in our senior, especially those with acute and chronic illnesses. Causes of hypertension in dogs and cats include certain diseases, obesity, specific medications, and advanced age.

Blood pressure screening is routinely performed at wellness visits, when your pet is injured or ill, when your pet goes in for a surgical procedure, and at the senior exam.

We provide routine blood pressure screening for all of our senior patients, especially those with underlying conditions such as kidney, heart or endocrine disease, and those requiring surgery.

Changing Nutritional Needs

Nutritional needs change as our pets age. Obesity puts any pet at risk for hypertension and heart disease. Decreased activity is often the result of discomfort or mobility issues in aging pets, especially those with arthritis.

We may recommend a prescription diet to address nutritional needs of seniors such as allergies, digestive issues, and medical conditions. Nutritional supplements can be combined with pharmaceutical treatments for chronic conditions. We may, for example, offer an arthritis patient a prescription diet with glucosamine and chondroitin, fish oil supplements, and pain medication, combined with modifications for activity and lifestyle.

Comfort Throughout the Golden Years

Our respect and compassion for your senior pet leads us to focus on happiness and quality of life. We tailor care to each patient’s specific needs and lifestyle, maintaining health and comfort from the time they enter the senior stage until end of life.

Contact us to schedule an appointment for your senior pet.

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