As our pets age, their health needs change. It is very important for owners to watch them closely to make sure that they remain healthy. This is especially true with cats, who hide their illness well. Sometimes, by the times that you realize that your cat is sick, it is too late.
Diet is very important for senior pets. Their needs change, so they should be fed a senior diet. It is also important to feed them high quality food. Many pets start to get picky as they age so it is very important that owners monitor how much their pets really eat.
It is also very important that senior pets are examined regularly, even more than once a year if possible. It is necessary to keep an eye on their weight and body condition. The Veterinarians at Heart River Animal Hospital may be able to notice a problem with your pet before you do!
Regular blood work with a urinalysis should be done to review certain values. This will help catch any problems early. It is important to check to make sure that your pet's kidneys and liver is working properly. The doctors are looking for early signs of diabetes, cancer, and other potential problems. We highly recommend thyroid panels for our senior cats and adult dogs with weight and or skin problems.
Arthritis is a very common problem with older pets. Here at Heart River Animal Hospital, we have many different options to make your senior pet more comfortable.
If you have any questions about the care of your senior pet, please contact us today. One of our dedicated staff will help you answer your questions.