Gold-Standard Care for the Golden Years
Life with a senior pet is wonderful. As our loving, loyal companions, it’s important that we take the time to address the unique needs and considerations of aging cats and dogs.
While every pet is different, most cats are considered senior at the age of 10, while most dogs can be termed senior around age 7. Common problems among aging pets include:
- Dental disease
- Kidney disease
To help prevent the onset of common senior pet conditions and improve quality of life, we focus on the following:
- Early detection of disease
- Frequency of veterinary visits
- Increased parasite control
- Lifestyle / Environmental changes
- Maintaining mobility
- Management of chronic diseases
- Mental health and awareness
Senior Wellness Visits
At Penfield Veterinary Hospital, we recommend twice yearly wellness exams and annual diagnostic screenings for all senior pets. These tests help us identify underlying health issues and aid in early detection efforts. In general, it’s important to note any change (big or small) in an aging pet.
Diet and Nutrition
Adjusting and monitoring diet and nutrition is a big component of senior pet care. Weight gain can put a lot of strain on joints and increases the risk for certain diseases such as diabetes. Alternatively, drastic weight loss can also be indicative of a serious health issue. If you have any concerns or observe a change in your senior pet’s eating habits, please contact one of our veterinarians.
Accommodating a Senior Lifestyle
Our team always seeks to maintain a high quality of life for our senior patients. We can help you explore various environmental changes that may be necessary as your pet ages. For example, consider where your pet’s bed is located or where he or she eats to ensure maximum comfort and ease of mobility. In general, try to shield your senior pet from loud noises, new people, and sudden disruptions. Also engage your senior cat or dog in regular play and exercise (ask us about age and ability-appropriate activities). Lastly, continue to shower your pet with plenty of love and attention!