Veterinary Care for Senior Aged Dogs, Cats, and Pets

Sunday, 01 October 2017 13:27

senior dog blog

Thanks to improved medical care and nutrition, our pets are living longer and healthier than ever! As our pets age, they become more likely to develop arthritis and age-related diseases. The best thing you can do for your older pet is to take a proactive role in their pet’s health care.

Healthy Tip #1 Feed your senior pet an appropriate diet

The nutritional needs of dogs and cats change as they age. It's always best to discuss nutrition with your vet to make sure you are feeding your pet an appropriate diet. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, almost 53% of dogs are overweight or obese.

Our vets can give you the number of calories your pet should consume a day, so that it takes the guess work out of knowing how much to feed your pet.

Healthy Tip #2 Make sure your pet gets regular exercise

Regular, moderate exercise is important for maintaining a healthy weight and healthy joints. As your pet ages, adjust your expectations accordingly. For senior cats, try finding new and aspiring toys or using catnip to encourage your cat to play. You can also use food puzzles to challenge your senior cat and dog.

Healthy Tip #3 Visit us for bi-annual senior exams

As senior pets age, their bodies are rapidly changing. Our vets encourage all senior pets to come in for a biannual exam to check for these changes. Additionally, preventative bloodwork can detect diseases early, allowing for better treatments and outcomes. During your pet’s biannual exam, we'll discuss supplements and medications to help your pet stay comfortable and prevent disease.

If you would like to bring your senior pet to us for his or her biannual exam, give us a call, or schedule an appointment online.