Maintain Your Pet’s Health and Happiness
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. Common problems in senior pets include:
- Dental disease
- Kidney disease
To help prevent the onset of common age-related conditions, 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
At Bayview Animal Hospital, we also recommend wellness exams at least twice a year and annual senior diagnostic screenings such as blood panels and urinalyses. These tests help us determine if your pet has any underlying medical conditions and their increased frequency can aid in early detection efforts. In general, it’s important to note any change (big or small) in your senior pet. For example, if your cat, dog, or small mammal seems to be moving slower than usual, it may be an indication of pain, not simply aging.
In addition, you should begin discussing any adjustments that may be necessary to your pet’s diet. Weight gain can put a lot of strain on your pet’s joints and increases the risk for diseases such as diabetes. On the other hand, drastic weight loss can be a sign of a serious medical problem. If you have any concerns or observe a change in your senior pet’s eating habits, contact us immediately.
The staff at Bayview Animal Hospital will also discuss any environmental or lifestyle changes that may be necessary as your pet ages. Senior pets are highly susceptible to anxiety and stress. Loud noises, new people, and sudden disruptions should be avoided. Whenever possible, continue to include your companion in your normal routines, and always incorporate regular play and exercise into his or her day.