A comprehensive team approach is required to maximize the care of aging pets. Our practice has a keen appreciation for the problems older animals face and enjoy the complex management that some require. We can't do that without your help as the pet owner, so we need you to know what to look for and how you can help. Just as children rely on parents for their well-being, your aging pet requires more care and attention. We'll ask you for a thorough medical history on a regular basis, recommend appropriate lab work, and establish a baseline for your pet's function and comfort.
While it varies a bit based on the pet's species and breed, we usually consider cats and dogs as 'Seniors' when they are 7+ years of age, and 'Geriatrics' at 10+ years of age. Giant breed dogs are senior at approximately 5 years of age, and geriatric at 8+.
We recommend check ups every six months for aging pets, as their aging process is accelerated compared to that of humans. Because they cannot simply tell us their problems like humans can, we rely on your close observations and lab work to identify problems early-on. And, a lot can change in those six months. Some changes to their environment at home, exercise, play, and nutrition may be indicated. We've developed a survey to help us identify if anything is amiss, and how problems may change over time. You can submit it online
We've developing a wealth of client education resources to help you take care of your pet as they age. There are some general helpers below, and more specific resources for pets diagnosed with chronic diseases and those approaching their twillight years over on our Hospice/End of Life Care page.
Read more on arthritis management here
Read more on living with your blind dog here
Read more on setting up your home to help your pets mobility here
Read more on products that may assist your pets mobility.
Read more on pain medication here
Read more on senior cats here
Read more on toilet training your senior cat here
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