Geriatric Care for Pets
Our Dunnellon veterinarians provide comprehensive geriatric care for senior dogs and cats to help them feel healthy and comfortable in their old age.
Care for Senior Dogs & Cats
As they enter their golden years, your senior pet needs routine preventive veterinary care and early diagnosis. Diligent care from a qualified vet can help extend your pet's life and good health as they age.
It's important to bring your cat or dog in for regularly scheduled routine exams, even if they seem healthy.
Our highly skilled veterinary team is here to help. We can catch emerging health issues and offer proactive treatment early, while symptoms can still be easily and effectively managed.
Is my pet considered 'old'?
While your pet may act young and energetic, you may be surprised to find out that they are already a senior. In fact, cats and small to medium-sized dogs are usually considered seniors around the age of 7.
Since larger breed dogs typically have shorter life spans, they are considered to be seniors when they reach 6 years old.
Typical Health Problems
Due to improved dietary options and better veterinary care, companion cats and dogs are living far longer today than they have in the past.
While this is certainly something to be celebrated, pet owners and veterinarians now face more age-related conditions than they did in the past as well.
Senior pets are typically prone to the following conditions:
- Heart disease
- Liver disease
- Kidney disease
- Urinary tract disease
- Joint or bone disorders
- Blindness and hearing loss
Veterinary Care for Senior Dogs & Cats
Our vets will thoroughly examine your senior pet, ask about their home life in detail and perform any tests that may be required to receive additional insight into his or her general physical health and condition.
Based on the findings, we'll recommend a treatment plan that can potentially include medications, activities and dietary changes that may help improve your senior pet's health, well-being, and comfort.
Routine Wellness Exams
Preventive care is essential to helping your senior pet live a healthy, happy, and fulfilled life. It also provides our veterinarians with the opportunity to detect diseases early.
Early detection of disease will help preserve your pet's physical health and catch emerging health issues before they develop into long-term problems.
With regular physical examinations, your pet will have the best chance at quality long-term health.
New patients are always welcome.
We look forward to meeting your precious pet at Dunnellon Animal Hospital.