Compassionate Care for Your Faithful Senior Pets

senior-pets Advances in veterinary care have enabled pets to live longer than ever. As pets age, their bodies undergo significant changes. The veterinarians at North Hills Veterinary Clinic are extremely dedicated to our senior patients and work with you to ensure that your pet receives the wellness care he or she needs in order to be healthy and active throughout the golden years.

What to Expect from a Senior Pet

We generally consider dogs at age 7 and cats at age 10 to be seniors, though there is some variation according to breed and other medical factors. Some of the physical and behavioral signs that your pet is aging include:

  • Limping or stiffness of gait
  • Dental problems, including bad breath
  • Increased urination and loss of house training
  • Vision and hearing loss
  • Digestive problems
  • Sleeping more
  • Less interaction with family members
  • Less enthusiastic greeting behavior

Twice-a-Year Checkups for Senior Pets

No matter when your pet reaches old age, it is estimated that 30% of geriatric pet patients have hidden diseases such as arthritis, dental disease, diabetes/Cushing’s Disease, cancer, or other conditions. In order to prevent potentially life-threatening diseases from getting serious, we recommend senior pets visit their veterinarian twice a year so that we can catch medical conditions early. Your senior pet’s wellness exam will include:

  • Complete physical examination
  • Thorough dental examination
  • Senior lab work, including blood screening, urinalysis, and parasite testing
  • Hearing and eye exams
  • Diet and nutrition counseling
  • Exercise plan