Senior Pet Care

Making the Golden Years the Best Years

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Senior Pet Care at Suburban Animal Hospital

Just as puppies and kittens require special care, senior pets also have unique needs and considerations. While each pet is different, most cats are considered to be senior at the age of 10, and dogs can be termed senior at approximately age 7.

Supporting a Senior Lifestyle

At Suburban Animal Hospital, we want to ensure a high quality of life for your senior pet. As part of our comprehensive approach to care, we will help you consider any environmental or lifestyle changes that may be appropriate as your pet ages. In general, senior pets are highly susceptible to anxiety and stress, so loud noises, new people, and sudden disruptions should be avoided. Whenever possible, continue to include your companion in your normal routines, and always incorporate regular play and exercise into his or her day.

Caring for a senior pet should be rewarding and fulfilling, and our team is here to help you every step of the way. Contact us today to start discussing the best way to support your aging pet.

Common problems in senior pets
  • Arthritis
  • Dental disease
  • Diabetes
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Kidney disease

To help prevent the onset of common age-related conditions, we focus on the following:

  • Early detection of disease
  • Frequency of veterinary visits
  • Increased parasite control
  • Lifestyle/environmental changes
  • Maintaining mobility
  • Management of chronic diseases
  • Mental health and awareness
Senior Nutritional Needs
When your pet is considered to be senior, it’s important to begin discussing any necessary adjustments that must be made to your pet’s diet. Weight gain can put a lot of strain on your pet’s joints and increases the risk for diseases such as diabetes. On the other hand, drastic weight loss can be a sign of a serious medical problem. If you have any concerns or observe a change in your senior pet’s eating habits, contact us immediately.
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