Senior Pet Care
When is Your Pet Considered Senior?
The definition of a “senior” pet varies depending on the type and weight of the pet. Cats are considered seniors at age 9, while giant breed dogs are seniors at 6 years of age. When pets reach this senior status they are at higher risk for certain diseases such as arthritis, cancer, thyroid disease, kidney or liver disease, diabetes, and senility.
What Does Your Senior Pet Need?
For each of our patients we develop a personalized care plan to ensure your family pet stays healthy, longer. This is especially true for aging pets that are more prone to disease and health complications. As part of our regular visit for a senior pet, we would provide the following to ensure a longer, healthier life for your aging pet:
- Exam by our – veterinarian every 6 months
- Regular preventive care such as heartworm and flea prevention and intestinal parasite screening
- Yearly labwork including a blood and urine sample
- +/- x-rays to evaluate chest or abdomen
- Diet review/optimization for senior pets
Outside of your pet’s 6 month appointments, we’d also recommend daily exercise, within your pet’s limits and sharing any changes with your vet, including:
- Change in water intake or urinations
- Change in appetite
- Reluctant to do stairs or jump on bed
- Seeming confused or lost
- New lumps or bumps
With help from Stay @Home Mobile Vet, we believe your aging pets can continue to live a happy life.