As your pet grows older, he will need more attention and care. Geriatric veterinary care from Val Vista Animal Hospital in Gilbert can help your cat or dog stay healthy as he enters his senior years. By making your pet’s health and wellness a priority, you can enjoy his love and companionship for many years to come.
Senior Pet Wellness
Although pets age differently, veterinarians generally classify small dogs and cats as seniors when they reach seven years old. Larger breed dogs are considered geriatric at six years of age. As your pet grows older, his physical and mental capacities will diminish, making it necessary for you to adjust his healthcare and lifestyle accordingly.
Age can also weaken your pet’s immune system, making him more susceptible to developing serious health issues like:
- Vision and hearing loss
- Cancer, kidney and liver disease
- Cognitive disorders
- Periodontal disease
By staying on top of your pet’s veterinary care, you can catch health issues in their early stages when they are easier to treat.
Preventative senior pet care will play a key role in keeping your cat or dog healthy into his golden years. We recommend your pet have semi-annual wellness exams so our veterinarian can closely monitor his health. A comprehensive senior pet wellness exam will include blood pressure and blood count checks, liver and kidney screening, urine and fecal tests, thyroid tests, and heartworm tests. We’ll also inspect your pet from nose to tail for signs of abnormalities, skin problems, infections, or disease.
Nutrition and Exercise
Good nutrition is essential to your pet at any age, but even more so as he grows older. Many senior pets do better on a high protein, low-calorie diet, as it boosts their energy levels and prevents them from gaining excess weight. Our veterinarian can recommend diet changes that will benefit your senior pet, taking into consideration his age, breed, and overall health.
Senior pets also need regular exercise, even if it’s less strenuous than when they were young. Exercise will strengthen your pet’s bones and joints, keep him more alert, and help him stay in good shape.
Your pet’s oral health will impact his overall health. That’s why it’s important to keep up with his oral care. Senior pets are more susceptible to dental issues like abscesses, oral infections, and periodontal disease. In addition to weakening your pet’s teeth, advanced periodontal disease can cause damage to internal organs.
See Our Gilbert Veterinarian for Senior Pet Care
With extra attention and TLC, your pet can enjoy a high quality of life in his senior years. For quality senior pet care services you can trust, contact us at Val Vista Animal Hospital in Gilbert at (480) 539-7999.