seniorsAs pets enter their senior years, there is no substitute for thorough physical exams for early disease detection and preventative pet care. For most dogs and cats, we consider older than 8 years old to be a senior pet. At West Ballantyne Animal Hospital, we recommend Preventative Care Exams every 6 months for senior pets. Common older pet illnesses include joint disease and mobility issues, glandular diseases, illness of kidneys, heart, liver, and cancer.

We offer a range of pet vet services designed specifically for the needs of senior dogs and cats, which include a complete physical exam, urinalysis, complete blood counts, blood chemistries, and parasite evaluation. We can also suggest specially formulated food for your pet, whose new nutritional needs will benefit from an adjusted diet.

In addition to frequent exams, keeping your older pet active may help to slow the deterioration of senses associated with the aging process. We can recommend exercise and mental stimulation games for you to use with your senior pet.

Because dogs and cats age more quickly than people, dramatic changes in health can occur in as little as three to six months. The following symptoms could indicate a problem that should be addressed with your veterinarian as soon as possible:

  • Sudden weight loss or gain
  • Significant decrease or increase in appetite or failure to eat for more than two days
  • Increased drinking and urination
  • Noticeable decrease in vision
  • Increasing inactivity or amount of time spent sleeping
  • Excessive panting
  • Hair loss
  • Seizures or convulsing

Call us to schedule your senior pet’s preventive exam with our veterinarian.