Bayview Animal Hospital Senior Pet Care
In the same way puppies and kittens require particular elements of care, senior pets also require special considerations as they age. Most cats are considered to be senior at the age of 10. Dogs can be termed senior when they’re approximately 7 years old.
Our canine and feline companions enter the senior stage of life at varying times depending upon breed, type, and size. As a rule, dogs enter the senior stage at about age 7 and cats at age 9.
While every patient differs in the aging process, regular wellness exams and lab work will guide us in recommending senior health protocols for your pet. Special health care services for seniors may include certain medical tests, prescription diets, nutritional supplements, modified activities, and pharmaceutical interventions. In addition, regular oral exams and dental cleanings enhance overall health and resistance to disease.
Exams and Screening
At your pet’s exam, your veterinarian will address such issues as:
- Oral care
- Health and nutrition
- Screening for diseases
Regular lab work is also recommended for senior pets, including:
- Complete blood count, to check for infections, leukemia and anemia
- Blood panel work, to monitor the function of internal organs
- T4 blood test to evaluate thyroid function
Other tests, such as urinalysis or diagnostic imaging, may be recommended by your veterinarian. They can educate you on any changes or specialized care needed to keep your special friend happy and healthy.
Comfort & Support
There are prescription diets available for senior pets, which can help to correct digestive issues, allergies and other special conditions while maintaining ideal nutrition. Arthritis, for example, can be treated through fish oil supplements, chondroitin, medication for pain and a prescription diet as well as a specialized activity plan.
If you have questions or need advice about care for your senior dog or cat, by all means get in touch.