We love Senior Pets! Senior pets have special needs, and benefit from more regular veterinary visits compared to their younger counterparts.
- Dental Disease
- Heart Disease
- Liver Disease
- Kidney Disease
- Endocrine Disorders
- Thyroid disease
These conditions will start to become more prevalent as your pet gets older and as long as they are caught soon enough, can be treated well. For this reason, we recommend twice-yearly veterinary visits for pets over 7 years of age. Your aging pet may be showing early signs of osteoarthritis such as stiffness after rest or play, difficulty going up or down stairs and reduced activity. Early intervention with joint supplements and prescription arthritis medications when indicated, along with modified nutrition and exercise plans, can greatly improve your pet’s comfort and mobility. Likewise, performing annual screening lab work on your older pet can help identify early stages of medical problems that might go unrecognized, and progress significantly without treatment.
Some of our services that are most often used to benefit senior pets include:
- Chronic Pain Management
- Laser Therapy
- Senior Pet Dental Care & Cleaning
Some pets experience age-related behavioral changes that can be a sign of cognitive dysfunction, which is similar in some ways to dementia. Your veterinarian can recommend diet modification and supplements to help improve your older pet’s mental sharpness. Getting older doesn’t have to be fraught with troubles for your pet… see your vet regularly to help keep your senior pet healthy and comfortable.
At Green Cove Animal Hospital, our veterinarians don’t just see your pet’s symptoms as “because they’re old.” Rather, we want to provide your pet with the necessary care to give them the best quality of life for as long as possible.