Due to improved veterinary care and diet, pets are living longer now than they ever have before. One consequence of this is that pets are faced with a whole new set of age-related conditions. In recent years, there has been extensive research on the problems facing older pets and how their owners and veterinarians can best handle their special needs.

At what age is my pet considered "old"?

The aging process can vary with different breeds, size, and lifestyle of your pet. Below are general guidelines when your pet has reached their "senior years."

What kinds of health problems can affect older pets?

Geriatric pets can develop many of the same problems seen in older people, such as:

  • cancer
  • heart disease
  • kidney/liver disease
  • dental disease
  • diabetes
  • arthritis
  • weakness
  • lumps and bumps

Do I need to care for my pet differently as they get older?

Your aging pet needs special care as they get older. Even if your pet seems healthy, frequent and complete exams are necessary for early detection of changes and illness's associated with aging. Senior pet health care may include:

  • Bi-Annual Wellness Exams
  • X-rays
  • Ultrasounds
  • Baseline bloodwork

We will work with you and your senior pet to develop a health care plan that will provide the optimal care for your pet.

I know my pet is getting older. How do I help them stay happy and healthy for as long as possible?

Senior pets require increased attention including more frequent visits, possible changes in diet, and more routine bloodwork screenings. Talk to your veterinarian about how to care for your older pet and how to be prepared for possible age-related health issues.