Senior Pet Care
Although most pet owners probably wish that their pets can live as long as they do—if not longer—they actually age about seven times faster than humans do. Larger breeds age typically age at an even faster rate. This is why it’s so important for your senior pet to have a comprehensive wellness exam at least twice a year. At Colony Animal Hospital in Newport News, we love senior pets and want them to be healthy and live as long as possible. That’s why we place a strong emphasis on preventive care with our senior pet services, starting with the comprehensive wellness exam.
About the Senior Wellness Exam
Pets of all ages should have a comprehensive wellness exam at least once a year, but for senior pets, we recommend two exams per year to accommodate the changes that come with age. Arthritis, obesity, senility, dental disease...the list of potential health problems that a senior pet can develop goes on and on. But with a bi-annual wellness exam, we can catch these problems in their early stages and intervene with treatment. The sooner we detect and treat an illness, the greater chances your pet has of recovery. If you’ve noticed any changes in your pet’s appearance, behavior, or eating habits, please let us know during these visits.
Depending on your pet’s health profile, we may also recommend a senior blood profile and urinalysis as part of the wellness exam. This allow us to determine the status of your pet’s organ function and determine if there are any diseases present, such as diabetes. Other common tests for senior pets include a blood pressure check, thyroid test, and an eye pressure measurement. Just as with pets of any age, we rely on diagnostic imaging technology (radiology, ultrasound, etc.) when necessary to examine your pet internally.
At-Home Senior Pet Care
In addition to the bi-annual senior pet exam, we recommend that you take the following issues into account for at-home care:
- Nutrition: A change in diet (food) may be necessary to accommodate your senior pet’s health needs.
- Weight management: Obesity is one of the most common diseases seen in pets, so it’s important to monitor your senior pet’s weight.
- Parasite control: This is important for pets of all ages and lifestyles, as there are a number of potentially serious/fatal parasitic diseases that can affect pets.
- Environment: Senior pets may not be as mobile or social as they were in their youth, so keep this in mind with furniture around and guests in the house.
We want your four-legged friend to enjoy their golden years, so if it’s time for their bi-annual wellness exam, schedule an appointment at Colony Animal Hospital today!