We want to give your pet as many happy, healthy years with you as possible, so 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.
Pets age about seven times faster than humans. That means diseases and illness progress much faster as well, and the risk for certain health conditions increases with age. 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 your senior pet’s basic health care needs.
The most common senior pet issues are similar to the ones we see in aging humans: arthritis, diabetes, obesity, and kidney disease increases. Some signs to watch for in your senior pet are:
- Decreased appetite
- Difficulty breathing
- Increased urination
- Limping or reluctance to move
- Reluctance or inability to jump up (cats)
- Extreme lethargy
In addition to diagnosis and treatment, our doctors can also advise you on some adjustments to you can make to your pet’s lifestyle and environment to improve their health and quality of life, such as changing the diet, adjusting activity, alleviating the need to go upstairs, or reducing startling noises.
If your pet is exhibiting any of the symptoms above or you notice sudden changes in your senior pet, it’s best to have him or her checked out by one of our doctors. You can make an appointment online or give us a call at (978) 851-5558.