Senior Pet Care from Our Greensboro Veterinarian
When you first brought that tiny puppy of kitten home, you could hardly imagine the day that you'd be looking at a "senior citizen" of the animal kingdom. Pets age all too quickly, and as they do, they encounter some additional health risks and burdens. Fortunately, you can stay in front of these changing circumstances and help your pet maintain a high quality of life by scheduling senior pet care from our Greensboro veterinarian at Old Ridge Animal Hospital.
Old Pet, New Health Challenges
A seven-year-old human still qualifies as a little kid, but the same does not hold true for pets. Most dogs and cats are considered geriatric by the time they reach seven years of age. Large dogs age even more quickly, while some toy breeds may age more slowly. Just as humans are somewhat more prone to health problems as they get older, pets can fall prey to age-related issues. For example:
- Dental problems, including periodontal disease and tooth damage, become more pronounced later in life.
- Systemic imbalances such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and thyroid dysfunction may develop.
- Osteoarthritis, a painful inflammation and deterioration of the joints, is a common affliction in older pets.
- Vision may decline due to cataracts or other age-related eye diseases.
- Hearing may be reduced, making your pet less responsive to commands.
- Senior pets may lose some of their cognitive ability or bladder/bowel control.
- The risks for several types of cancer may increase with age.
Some of the problems associated with senior pet health have associations with yet another threat -- obesity. A pet may slow down with age and burn fewer calories without actually reducing his caloric intake. This combination causes unhealthy weight gain, which damages the joints and makes him even more sedentary.
Senior Pet Exams and Treatment Strategies
Senior pet exams are your first line of defense in keeping your geriatric pet healthy and happy. These exams are much like the annual exam we give to younger animals, except that they occur twice a year, allowing us to detect and treat age-related ailments as soon as they appear. Our veterinarian can also provide senior pet care services such as special diets, dental treatments, exercise programs, medications to help control systemic health problems, and various kinds of anti-inflammatory or pain-relieving drugs to address chronic pain conditions.
Let Our Greensboro Veterinary Center Enhance Your Geriatric Animal's Life
Oak Ridge Animal Hospital is your geriatric pet's source for ongoing health, wellness, and pain management services. Let us help you enhance and preserve your pet's quality of life. Call our Greensboro veterinary center at (336) 665-0002!