Our Apple Valley veterinarians provide comprehensive geriatric care for senior cats and dogs to help them feel healthy and comfortable in their old age.
Geriatric Care for Senior Dogs & Cats
Senior pets need routine preventive veterinary care and early diagnosis in their golden years. Diligent care can help extend your pet's life and good health as they age, so it's important that they attend regularly scheduled routine exams, even if they seem healthy.
Our experienced veterinary team is here to help. We can identify emerging health issues and offer proactive treatment early, while we can still effectively and easily manage any problems.
Is my pet considered 'old'?
While your pet may seem young and spry, you may be surprised to learn that they are already a senior. In fact, cats and small to medium-sized dogs are typically considered seniors around the age of 7.
Larger breed dogs usually have shorter life spans, so are considered to be seniors when they reach 6 years of age.
Typical Health Problems
Due to improved dietary options and better veterinary care, companion cats and dogs are living far longer today than they have in the past.
While this is certainly something to be celebrated, pet owners and veterinarians now face more age-related conditions than they did in the past as well.
Senior pets are typically prone to the following conditions:
- Heart disease
- Liver disease
- Kidney disease
- Urinary tract disease
- Joint or bone disorders
- Blindness and hearing loss
Veterinary Care for Seniors
Our vets will thoroughly examine your senior pet, ask about their home life in detail and perform any tests that may be required to receive additional insight into his or her general physical health and condition.
Based on the findings, we'll recommend a treatment plan that can potentially include medications, activities and dietary changes that may help improve your senior pet's health, well-being and comfort.
Routine Wellness Exams
Preventive care is essential to helping your senior pet live a health, happy and fulfilled life. It also gives our veterinarians the opportunity to detect diseases early.
Early detection of disease will help preserve your pet's physical health, and catch emerging health issues before they develop into long-term problems.
With regular physical examinations, your pet will have the best chance at quality long-term health.