As pets age, they experience changes in ability and activity and they have different health needs. Capeway Veterinary Hospital offers senior pet care support services and guidance for pet owners to extend the quality and length of their pet’s life.
When Is a Pet Considered a Senior?
Pets are considered to be seniors at about seven years of age, although it varies some with the breed and size of the pet.
How Often Do Senior Pets Need Health Exams?
Because pets age much faster than humans, health problems in senior pets can worsen very quickly, so senior pet exams are encouraged with greater frequency than younger pets. Capeway Veterinary Hospital recommends senior pets be seen at least every six months to check for any subtle changes in health.
We recommend that seniors have yearly blood work to closely monitor the internal organs. Many pet conditions detected by blood work can be easily and inexpensively treated, resulting in a much happier, more comfortable pet whose quality and length of life will be greatly increased.
What Kinds of Symptoms Suggest My Senior Pet Is Having Health Troubles?
Some of the symptoms that would warrant consulting with our veterinarians include:
- Weight gain or weight loss
- Increased thirst
- Increased urination
- Changes in appetite
- Behavior changes
- Cognitive changes
- Changes in activity level
- Difficulty moving/stiffness
Any time you have a concern about your pet’s health, contact our veterinarians. We welcome your questions and would rather put your mind at ease than have a serious health issue go unchecked.
Do I Need to Change What I Feed My Senior Pet?
The veterinarians of Capeway Veterinary Hospital will advise you on the best pet nutritional options for your senior pet. As a pet’s body ages, the nutritional needs change too, requiring a senior pet food and sometimes the use of nutritional supplements. Our hospital also stocks prescription diets for pets that have various medical conditions.
Capeway Veterinary Hospital is committed to providing services to ensure your senior pet leads a full and healthy, productive life. If you have any questions about your pet’s changing needs, please contact our knowledgeable staff and veterinarians.