Senior Pet Care
Preventative exams for your senior pet will address conditions and diseases that are common during the later years in life such as bone and joint problems, hormone disorders, cancer, and diseases of the kidney, heart, and liver. At Parkview Pet Clinic, we recommend bi-annual preventative exams for senior pets to look for any potential underlying conditions.
Our senior pet car recommendations include the following:
- A thorough physical examination
- A detailed dental evaluation
- Tailored vaccinations
- Comprehensive diagnostic testing
- Parasite testing and prevention
- Heartworm testing and prevention
- Nutrition and diet counseling
- Behavioral evaluation and counseling
During your pet’s senior preventative exam, our veterinarians will sit down with you to discuss symptoms of age-related changes that your pet may be experiencing, as well as any concerns you have about his or her overall health. We can provide you with advice on nutrition, exercise, mobility, and noticeable changes in your pet’s lifestyle.
Signs to Watch for in Your Senior Pet
Because dogs and cats age more quickly than people, dramatic changes in health can occur in as little as three to six months.
The following symptoms could indicate a problem that should be addressed as soon as possible:
- Sudden weight loss or weight gain
- Significant decrease or increase in appetite
- Failure to eat for more than two days
- Decrease in vision
- Excessive panting
- Hair loss, especially if accompanied by scratching in a localized area
- Seizures or convulsing