Wellness care is important during every stage of your pet’s life. As your pet ages, preventative care and disease screening become more and more critical to your furry family member’s ongoing health. At Old Orchard Animal Clinic, we adjust wellness care and disease management to ensure your pet ages well and lives the longest, healthiest and happiest life possible.
How Pet Care Changes as Your Pet Ages
All pets age differently. An older pet’s health greatly depends on genetics, size, breed, lifestyle, activity and diet. As your pet enters his or her golden years (at about seven or eight years), our veterinarian will likely recommend a few adjustments to his or her routine.
Geriatric Wellness Exams and Medical Management
Depending on your pet’s age, breed, health and condition, our veterinarian will recommend more frequent wellness exams and baseline blood tests, urinalyses and x-rays from our diagnostic lab. Maintaining this record of your pet’s health helps us detect any changes. Since pets cannot tell us when they are not feeling exactly right, these tests allow us to detect early signs of trouble with diabetes, kidney function, liver function or your pet’s immune system. X-rays can reveal early signs of arthritis in pets predisposed to the condition. By screening for medical conditions which commonly develop in older pets, we can detect them and begin treatment before they cause your pet any outwardly noticeable pain or discomfort.
At-Home Care for Older Pets
As your pet ages, our veterinarian might also recommend administering dietary supplements to help manage conditions which your pet has developed or is likely to develop based on his or her breed.
Older pets usually require fewer calories than their younger, more active counterparts. As a result, our veterinarian might prescribe a food specially formulated for mature pets and/or those living with certain medical conditions.
Schedule a Wellness Exam for Your Furry Family Member
At Old Orchard Animal Clinic we provide comprehensive medical care tailored to treat each unique pet. Based on your pet’s breed, age, condition and lab results, we will work with you to develop a geriatric care plan to help your pet stay healthy and continue enjoying a high quality of life well into his or her golden years. To schedule an appointment for your pet or to learn more about geriatric veterinary care, please contact our office today.