Senior Pet Care in Tewksbury
Pets age about seven times faster than humans. Because they age faster, and the risk for certain health diseases increases with age, it’s important to stay updated on wellness exams and other routine veterinary visits. At Shawsheen Animal Hospital, we’re committed to diagnosing and treating conditions early in an attempt to slow the progression of age-related conditions—or to prevent them entirely. That’s why we recommend that all senior pets receive bi-annual examinations, routine blood work, and nutrition counseling. We also recommend our AAHA-approved senior care package that’s designed to meet all of your senior pet’s basic health care needs.
Common Senior Pet Problems
As pets age, their risk for certain health problems like arthritis, diabetes, obesity, and kidney disease increases. The following is a list of some of the most common physical and behavioral changes of senior pets to look out for. Being aware of these changes will help us develop a treatment plan to help your pet live as comfortably as possible in his golden years.
- Decreased appetite
- Difficulty breathing
- Increased urination
- Limping or reluctance to move
- Extreme lethargy
If you’ve noticed any of these symptoms in your senior pet, be sure to let us know at his next visit so we can schedule advanced diagnostic care (blood testing, X-rays, etc.) or prescribe treatment.
At-Home Senior Pet Care in Tewksbury
When caring for your senior pet from home, you might need to make some adjustments to his diet and lifestyle. For example, if your senior pet has arthritis, alter his environment so that he doesn’t have to go up and down any stairs. If your senior pet has hearing loss, try to limit the level of stimuli that could startle him. Sometimes even the most well-behaved pets have a tendency to behave unpredictably when startled. As far as your pet’s diet is concerned, we can provide you with our food recommendations at your next visit.
If you have any questions about how to best care for your senior pet or about our senior pet care services in Tewsbury, give us a call!