Fairview Veterinary Hospital Senior Pet Care: It’s All About Specialization
The right health care for your elderly pet can add many strong and active years to their life. At Fairview Veterinary Hospital, we offer health care routines tailored especially for mature cats and dogs and specialized to individual needs.
Dogs and cats age up to seven times faster than humans, making it important to keep up with their health care needs. Your pet’s biannual check-up is extremely important, since senior pets face a much higher risk of cancer, diabetes, kidney or liver problems, or other illnesses.
Since senior animals age up to seven times faster than humans, it is important to keep on top of their health care. If they age seven years for every year that passes, it means an annual exam is equivalent to an exam every seven years for a human. That makes your pet’s annual check-up very important.
Exams and Screening
At your pet’s exam, your Fairview veterinarian will address such issues as:
- Oral care
- Health and nutrition
- Screening for diseases
Regular lab work is also recommended for senior pets, including:
- Complete blood count, to check for infections, leukemia, and anemia
- Blood panel work, to monitor the function of internal organs
- T4 blood test to evaluate thyroid function
Other tests, such as urinalysis or diagnostic imaging, may be recommended by your veterinarian. They can educate you on any changes or specialized care needed to keep your special friend happy and healthy.
High blood pressure is a major problem for dogs and cats. The causes of hypertension are varied and range from disease to medications and advanced age. We recommend regular blood pressure screening to monitor for this problem and for any pet who needs to undergo surgical procedures or anesthesia.
Changes in Diet
As your pet ages, obesity can be a concern. It may be necessary to adjust their diet to keep weight issues under control and reduce the potential for high blood pressure and heart disease.
There are prescription diets available for senior pets, which can help to correct digestive issues, allergies, and other special conditions while maintaining ideal nutrition. Arthritis, for example, can be treated through fish oil supplements, chondroitin, medication for pain and a prescription diet, as well as a specialized activity plan.
If you have questions or need advice about care for your senior dog or cat, by all means, get in touch. We are happy to help our Fairview family.