Special Care for Senior Pets
As your dogs and cats ages, many of his or her basic needs, from diet to exercise, will begin to change. At Roswinn Pet Hospital, we will help your pet age gracefully and continue to live his or her life to the fullest.
Most dogs and cats have earned their senior status by age 8. By this point in their short lives, their youth has passed and adulthood is fading into the rough equivalent of a person in their mid to late 50s. Like us at this stage of life, pets begin to move a little slower and begin to feel the aches and pains of aging. The dietary need of most pets will begin to change, and they will become more prone to chronic health conditions such as cataract and glaucoma, arthritis, and degenerative diseases.
Watch Out for Senior Health Issues
- Degenerative Joint Disease
- Cancer/ Skin tumors
- Prostate Disease
- Dental Disease
- Diabetes Mellitus
- Kidney Disease
- Liver Disease
- Vision Problem
- Cognitive Disorders
In an effort to keep pace with your pet’s developing health needs, our staff recommends wellness exams at least twice a year, as well as bi-annual blood work and diagnostics. The purpose of these wellness exams is to do three things:
- Promote your dog’s health and longevity
- Recognize and control your pet’s health risks
- Detect any illnesses at their earliest stages, which may improve treatment options.
As your pet’s age advances even further, we will do our best to help you manage any chronic pain your pet may be experiencing, and hold your hand through his or her end of life care when the time comes.
If you have any questions or concerns about your senior pet and the care he or she needs for a happy and healthy life, please call us at Roswinn Pet Hospital. We’re happy to be here for the both of you as your pet navigates this stage of his or her life.