Respecting the Needs of Your Senior Pets
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.
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:
- Complete blood count
Administered to diagnose possible infections, anemia, and leukemia
- Blood chemistry panel
Administered to monitor overall organ function
- Thyroid testing
Administered to evaluate thyroid function
Administered to evaluate kidney function and screen for infection and disease
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.
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.
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.