Senior Pet Care
Many pet owners wish their beloved companions can live as long as humans can, but dogs and cats actually age about four to seven times faster than humans. Cats become seniors around 10 years of age while dogs, depending on size and breed, are seniors around 6-10 years of age. As seniors, their health needs start to change and you also need to be aware of possible early signs of health problems. Fox Animal Hospital wants to help your pet live a life that is as long and healthy as possible, so our senior care services are designed to do just that.
About the Wellness Visit
We recommend comprehensive wellness visits every six months for dogs over the age of 8 and for cats over the age of 10. This is especially important, since some health issues in older pets can begin with very subtle changes that may go unnoticed until the problem becomes more serious. Routine laboratory blood and urine tests also help us to monitor your pet's health status and make early recommendations for treatment if problems are discovered, or if your pet was previously diagnosed with a problem.
If you have any questions or concerns about your senior pet’s health or behavior, please feel free to address them during this visit. One of the most common questions we encounter is what the difference is between normal aging and a medical problem? We can educate you on the signs to watch for that could indicate a problem and warrant a visit for early intervention.
Senior Pet Arthritis
Just as with humans, senior pets are susceptible to many age-related health conditions that require special treatment or therapy. One of the most common ailments is arthritis. If your pet has arthritis, we can treat it with joint support supplements and anti-inflammatory/pain control medications. We can also use laser therapy, which has benefited many of our patients since we started using this newer treatment modality.
Older pets make wonderful companions, and thanks to advances in veterinary medicine, they’re living longer than ever! You are an important ally in your senior pet's health care, and the team at Fox Animal Hospital is here to help ensure that your pet is comfortable and happy throughout the "golden years."