Gold-Standard Pet Care for Senior Pets in Their Golden Years
Your senior pet needs special care at home and from the veterinarian. Valleydale Animal Clinic veterinarians understand the needs of senior pets and will help you take the best care possible of your aging friend.
Healthcare for Senior Pets
Different pets reach “senior” status at different ages. A small breed dog will not need senior care as early in their life as a large breed dog. Our veterinarians will use information from adult baseline exams to determine when your pet has reached his senior years.
Senior pets should be seen by our veterinarians every 3–6 months to treat chronic age related problems and every 6 months for a general health check and vaccines.
Senior pet care requires attention to several factors:
- Diet and weight management
- Joint health
- Cancer screening
- Heart disease
- Dental maintenance
- Function of thyroid, kidneys, and liver
- Eye and vision health
- Pain management
Your senior pet should have lab work performed every year to keep track of liver, kidney, and thyroid function. Annual lab work also provides a baseline for identifying any emerging problems quickly.
Our staff and our veterinarians will look at all of these factors and formulate a plan to keep your pet happy and healthy for a long time.
Pain management is an important aspect of care for senior pets. Many pets, especially cats, will mask any pain symptoms they may have and not let you see that they are hurting.
Arthritis and joint pain are common in senior pets but we have many options for managing that pain and keeping your pet comfortable and active well into his or her senior years. Be aware of changes in your senior pets activity level, appetite, and behavior as these could indicate a problem or an increasing pain level.