Senior Pet Care

You’ve probably heard that pets age about seven times faster than humans, but are you doing enough to help your senior pet stay healthy as they age? Pell City Animal Hospital recommends bi-annual exams (twice a year) to accommodate the changes and age-related risks associated with senior pets. It’s also important to take extra steps to care for your senior pet at home and to make adjustments at home. With semi-annual veterinary exams and at-home care, you can help your companion enjoy their golden years.

About the Senior Pet Exam

Just as with exams for younger pets, your senior pet’s exam consists of a basic nose-to-tail assessment. With bi-annual exams, we can detect and treat issues that are common in senior pets—like obesity and gum disease—in their early stages. The sooner we diagnose and treat an illness, the sooner we can send your pet down the road to recovery.

Depending on your pet’s health profile, we may also recommend blood work and/or urine testing to assess your pet’s organ function and to test for certain health conditions. Other common tests for senior pets include thyroid, blood pressure, and glaucoma testing. If necessary, we rely on diagnostic imaging technology to examine your pet internally.

At-Home Senior Pet Care

Another important component of senior wellness is at-home care. There are several things to consider if you want to help your senior pet live a long, happy, healthy life, including:

  • Diet: If your senior pet’s health needs change, their diet may also need to change. Even if their health needs haven’t changed, it’s still important to feed them a healthy diet for general health and weight management.
  • Dental care: Dental problems like gum disease, oral cancer, and tooth resorption are more common in older pets, so it’s especially important to keep your senior pet’s teeth and gums healthy.
  • Exercise: Just as with humans, senior pets tend to become less naturally active as they age, which can lead to obesity. To prevent this disease, try to keep your pet active by encouraging walks and play.

If you have any questions about caring for your senior pet, or if you need to schedule an appointment at Pell City Animal Hospital, give us a call.