Senior Pet Care
Senior pet care is often an overlooked specialization in veterinary medicine. But as we’ve learned more about our furry companions and taken better care of them, they’ve lived longer lives—the average pet now lives 3.6 years longer than it did in the 1950s! As your pet gets older, it could develop health complications requiring treatment. Taking care of your pet during its senior years is a responsible choice to ensure the best quality of life—bring him in to the experts at Germantown Vet today.
Senior Pet Care at Germantown Vet
At Germantown Vet, we treat our aging patients with more care than ever. We recommend you visit us at least twice a year for wellness exams. Our sophisticated in-house laboratory can quickly and accurately analyze blood, urine, and fecal samples for early detection of any problems.
During your visits, we can also go over other factors in your pet’s life, including but not limited to:
- Diet – Your pet’s dietary needs will change as he or she gets older. Bring your pet to Germantown Vet for counseling and advice about an appropriate eating regimen.
- Exercise – As your pet ages, his or her mobility could suffer. Learn how much daily exercise your pet needs and how you keep him or her active!
- Lifestyle – You might notice more fatigue, anxiety, or other behaviors as your pet approaches his or her senior years. The experts at Germantown Vet can help you make the appropriate lifestyle modifications for the ultimate senior pet care.
Signs of Senior Aging in Dogs and Cats
As your pet gets older, you’ll notice clear physical and behavioral signs of aging, and indicators that he could benefit from senior pet care:
- Slower pace – You’ll notice this as your dog or cat gets older. Your pet might not run as fast as he or she used to. It could also take more time for your pet to sit or lay down. Bring him or her in to Germantown Vet to learn more about mobility problems and how you can best manage them.
- Graying hair – Your dog or cat might have more gray hair around its mouth, muzzle, or major joints. This is usually just an aesthetic concern—bring your pet in if you’re concerned about major or sudden changes in your pet’s skin or fur.
- Reduced hearing – Does your cat or dog respond less frequently to your calls? It could be his or her hearing. Hearing diminishes as your pet ages. Schedule an appointment with us to learn more about senior pet care for your pet’s ears.
- Cloudy or “bluish” eyes – Both cats and dogs could develop a bluish “haze” in the pupil. Regular wellness visits with our certified veterinarians can help manage vision problems as your pet gets older. Learn more about cataracts in pets »
- Muscle atrophy – It’s not uncommon to notice muscle atrophy in your pet’s hind legs as he or she ages. An appointment with us can determine if it’s evidence of painful arthritis or an indication of other systematic diseases and help us find the best treatments.
Keep your aging pet happy and healthy by making an appointment with us. We can go over any concerns you have with your pet’s health and its wellbeing. Don’t wait until a symptom of old age becomes a major complication—regular visits with us can ensure your pet leads a healthy life!