Senior Pet Care

We’ve all heard that one human year is equal to 5-7 animal years. So what does that mean for your pet? It means that by the time your pet reaches a certain age, their health needs start to change. Many animals, depending on species and breed, are considered senior pets by the time they are 6-10 years of age for dogs and 11+ years in cats.

Because our pets can’t use words to tell us if they aren’t feeling well, senior wellness exams are an important part of the veterinary experience for older pets. Every pet ages differently, and so regular wellness visits can help pinpoint issues before they become problems, and keep every pet as healthy as they can be. Older animal diseases like hyperthyroidism, osteoarthritis, and cancer can often be detected early on in the disease process, increasing the chances of successful treatment.

On average, we suggest twice-yearly veterinary visits for our senior patients so that we can provide the best possible care. These visits may include some labwork to check for diseases that we see in older animals. We can also talk to you about your senior pet’s diet, and make sure that it is the best diet to fit the needs of both you and your pet.