Senior Pet Care at Pittsford 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
Our staff will address any environmental or lifestyle changes that may be necessary as your pet ages. Senior pets are highly susceptible to anxiety and stress. 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.
At Pittsford Animal Hospital, we also recommend wellness exams at least twice a year and annual senior diagnostic screenings such as blood panels and urinalyses. These tests help us detect underlying medical conditions and increased frequency can aid in early treatment efforts. In general, it’s important to note any change (big or small) in your senior pet. For example, if your cat or dog seems to be moving slower than usual, it may be an indication of pain, not simply aging.
Common Problems in Senior Pets
- Dental disease
- 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
Changes in Diet
As your pet ages, obesity can be a concern. It may be necessary to adjust their diet to keep weight issues under control and reduce the potential for high blood pressure and heart disease.
There are prescription diets available for senior pets, which can help to correct digestive issues, allergies, and other special conditions while maintaining ideal nutrition. Arthritis, for example, can be treated through fish oil supplements, chondroitin, medication for pain, and a prescription diet as well as a specialized activity plan.
If you have questions or need advice about care for your senior dog or cat, by all means get in touch. We are happy to help our Rochester family.