Responsible Senior Pet Care
Our loyal senior companions require special care to maintain health and vigor. Perinton Veterinary Hospital offers years of experience in caring for your senior dogs and cats. Our progressive approach is all-inclusive, addressing your senior pet care needs from disease prevention to early diagnosis. We offer the most current treatment modalities available in veterinary care.
Senior Pets Deserve Quality Care
Our canine and feline companions enter the senior stage of life at varying times depending upon breed, type, and size. As a rule, dogs enter the senior stage at about age 7 and cats at age 9.
While every patient differs in the aging process, regular wellness exams and lab work will guide us in recommending senior health protocols for your pet. Special health care services for seniors may include certain medical tests, prescription diets, nutritional supplements, modified activities, and pharmaceutical interventions. In addition, regular oral exams and dental cleanings enhance overall health and resistance to disease.
Regular Exams & Laboratory Testing
As aging accelerates, it is important to identify any developing problems at the earliest possible stage, for appropriate and timely treatment. We recommend twice a year examinations with annual laboratory testing for every senior dog and cat.
We may recommend the following lab work for senior pets:
- Complete blood count—Helps diagnose infections, anemia, and leukemia
- Blood chemistry panel—Helps determine how organs are functioning
- T4 blood test—Helps evaluate thyroid function
Depending on your pet’s condition and symptoms, we may order other tests, such as urinalysis, parasite screens, and X-ray or ultrasound imaging tests.
Hypertension (high blood pressure) is a significant health concern for cats and dogs. There are many underlying causes of hypertension including specific disease conditions, certain medications, and age. Blood pressure screening is routinely recommended for senior pets, to evaluate overall health, and for patients about to undergo surgery and anesthesia.
Your senior pet may benefit from a change in diet. Obesity can be a concern in aging pets, leaving them at risk for hypertension and heart disease. Activity may have decreased as a result of reduced enthusiasm or agility, especially in those pets suffering from arthritis.
Prescription diets are formulated for the needs of older pets, addressing nutritional needs, digestive issues, allergies, and special conditions. Nutritional supplements may also be recommended, often combined with pharmaceuticals required to address specific medical conditions. For example, a patient with arthritis may receive glucosamine and chondroitin, fish oil supplements, a prescription diet, and pain management medications, as well as an activity plan and home modifications.
Comfort & Support
We are dedicated to keeping your senior pet comfortable and happy throughout the golden years. Our care is tailored to meet your pet’s specific needs and conditions, for contentment and wellbeing until end of life.
Contact the hospital to schedule an appointment for your senior pet.